chapter  6
Women and the Household
WithNicholas S. Hopkins
Pages 13

The household is taking on a new role as the commoditization of the rural economy develops. It is becoming a part of the new quasi-capitalist form of political economy in the village. This chapter looks at women's work in Musha and suggests how that work fits into the overall structure of the organization of work. Household sources of income, as reported by the women, included 24 of 49 that relied in whole or in part on income from the land, Half of these mentioned another source of income to supplement the land. Being charged with managing the household, women are also important as consumers, food being the major example. Women also devote a certain amount of time to recreation in the home. The most common forms mentioned are visits and listening to the radio or watching television. Education is becoming increasingly important for girls and women. Apparently Musha girls did not begin to attend secondary school until the early 1960s.