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Gender Relations in Forest Societies in Asia: Patriarchy at Odds

Govind Kelkar (Editor) Dev Nathan (Editor) Pierre Walter (Editor)
Synopsis Of the numerous available studies on forest management in Asia, only a few mention the role of women or pay attention to gender relations. Even projects are largely designed in terms of households or communities where men are the decision-makers and the owners or managers of forests. This important volume views gender relations as a crucial factor in the management of land and forests, and maintains that the continuing invisibility of women in these areas only compounds poverty, shortages, and the increased workloads of forest-based women. Based on fieldwork conducted in several forest societies in China, Thailand, India and Malaysia, the contributors explore the changes in gender relations within indigenous communities, from matrilineal and/or gender egalitarian systems to ones where male domination is the norm. They assess changes in gender relations in forest-based societies in four situations: Where there has been an imposition of colonial and state rule over forest communities. Where historical and contemporary revolts of forest dwellers have taken place to reestablish community control over forests. Where states have responded to these autonomy movements by resorting to devolution. Where women's inclusion in local forest management is increasingly becoming a policy norm. The book addresses the following key questions: How do gender relations within and outside the household affect the use and management of forests? What is the extent of women's centrality in the provision of livelihood? What can we learn about gender relations from forest-dwelling societies characterized by the cultural valuation of women's economic, political, and ritual roles, and the absence of institutionalized male control? Does the structure of gender relations within the household and community change as members respond to the broad religio-cultural, social, and economic restructuring of indigenous societies? Using the voices of indigenous people to describe and explain the changes currently sweeping through their economy and society, this book offers students, researchers, decision-makers, and policymakers in gender/women's studies, environmental sociology, natural resource management, and conservation invaluable insights into the lives of forest dwellers in Asia.
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Title Gender Relations in Forest Societies in Asia: Patriarchy at Odds
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178292513
length 325p., Tables; Figures; 23cm.