Women, technological change, and the development of underdevelopment: the African experience
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Analysis of experience the world around has exposed a tendency for the status of women to declare with the introduction of new technologies in the process of development. This brief paper will argue that this is an integral facet of the complex interrelated phenomenon which several political economists have identified as the process of development of underdevelopment. The paper will focus primarily on evidence drawn from Africa, where the author conducted research and taught in universities for almost a decade. The underlying explanation, with appropriate modifications in view of the particular historical circumstances and cultural differences, appears, however, to be more widely applicable.