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SALVARO, Giovana Ilka Jacinto; ESTEVAM, Dimas de Oliveira  and  FELIPE, Daiane Fernandes. Women in virtual rural coops: reflections on gender and subjectivity. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.2, pp.390-405. ISSN 1414-9893.

This article aims to propose reflection on gender and subjectivity by analyzing the participation of women in virtual rural coops located in southern cities in the state of Santa Catarina. According to the literature studied, that coop model is different from the traditional one because, among other aspects, it does not have a fixed headquarters, it gathers a group of 20 to 30 farmers and it sells a wide range of products in small quantities. The study concerned refers to an extended analysis based on data collected from a research in the period between 2011 and 2012 (PIBIC - UNEC/CNPq). The research was qualitative and the data was obtained by semi-structured interviews. Ten women between the ages of 36 and 54, who were members of three coops. were interviewed. The interviews were recorded, transcribed and analyzed according to procedures of content analysis. The results and the discussion show the formation process of coops, the participation and the products commercialized by the members and discuss the participation of women in virtual rural coops, the social visibility and the acknowledgement of women's work. Generally speaking, it could be noticed that women's participation in coops brought not only financial benefits due to the sales of produce, but also social and subjective acknowledgement.

Keywords : Women's work; Cooperative production; Gender; Subjectivity.

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