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“This Woman’s Work” in a "Man's World": A Feminist Analysis of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
(2006)
  • Nick J Sciullo
Abstract

This paper will discuss the background of the 2002 Farm Bill and its origins in the Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (hereinafter the 1996 Farm Bill). Secondly, a basic discussion of feminist international relations and more generally, feminist legal theory will be invoked to provide a theoretical beacon for the rest of the journey. Thirdly, specific arguments about ecofeminsim and postcolonial feminism are teased out in order to critically investigate the direct and indirect consequences of United States farm policy. Fourthly, the 2002 Farm Bill's disparate impact on international womyn will be discussed and theories about the need for critical investigation of international law from a feminist perspective will be developed. Next, the impending expiration of the 2002 Farm Bill and the possibilities and problems associated with the pending 2007 Farm Bill will be analyzed to provide a starting point for those interested in affecting agricultural policy and international trade, with emphasis paid to feminist theory. Lastly, the paper will conclude with recommendations for future inquiry and ways in which agricultural policy can be advanced while preserving the value of womyn's work.

Keywords
  • Nick J. Sciullo,
  • Farm Bill,
  • Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act,
  • feminism,
  • postcolonial,
  • ecofeminism,
  • womyn,
  • agricultural economics,
  • farm subsidies,
  • feminist jurisprudence,
  • international agriculture,
  • critical legal studies
Publication Date
Winter 2006
Citation Information
Nick J Sciullo. “This Woman’s Work” in a "Man's World": A Feminist Analysis of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Vol. 28 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nickjsciullo/1/