Sagar Raj Sharma
Women’s lived experiences underscore concerns surrounding evolving gender norms, attitudes and practices around agriculture from an agency perspective.
Women have to choose agricultural tasks based on their adaptive preferences under limited circumstances. Which raises the question of how different women’s lives would be if they did not need to take up livestock rearing.
Narrative cases backed by ethnographic study comprised of informal interviews and participant observation. Participant observation, and a biographical narrative interview method (BNIM) were used for data collection and analysis. From 140 individuals interviewed during household screening, three cases have been selected for this paper.
Limitations include that typical purposive case sampling has been used to show the relevance of the phenomenon. Researchers tend to also question this type of sampling as there might be a tendency of researcher bias.
Arianne Zajac prepared this research following an interview with Dr Hritika Rana.