© 1997

Women-Headed Households

Diversity and Dynamics in the Developing World

  • Editors
  • Jo Campling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Sylvia Chant
    Pages 30-68
  3. Sylvia Chant
    Pages 89-113
  4. Sylvia Chant
    Pages 194-225
  5. Sylvia Chant
    Pages 226-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-338

About this book


Households headed by women are a growing presence worldwide. This is the first book to focus on their diversity and dynamics in developing countries. Set within the context of global trends and debates on female household headship, and using case-study material based on interviews with low-income women in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Philippines, the analysis explores the reasons for the formation and increase in women-headed households in different parts of the world, and their capacity for survival in societies where male-headed households are both the norm and ideal.


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  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUniversity of LondonUK

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