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Unsettling the order

gendered subjects and grassroots activism in two forest communities

Arora-Jonsson, Seema (2005). Unsettling the order. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2005:70
ISBN 91-576-6969-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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The 1990s witnessed a shift in the rhetoric and policies towards people’s participation and gender equality in environmental issues and rural development. People are increasingly expected to take responsibility for the development of their own communities. Against this background, the thesis investigates the gendered implications of the changing nature of natural resource management and rural development, by directing attention to women’s agency. In case studies from rural areas in India and in Sweden, it studies the implications of women’s organizing for local forest management and rural development. It analyses the ways in which dominant ideas about development and gender equality shape the spaces in which women take action and how gendered discourses are produced, maintained and unsettled in dynamic relationships in context specific and general ways. The research draws on theories on gender, development, environment and women’s empowerment and participatory and feminist methodologies enabled an approach that allowed looking beyond how women might be included in local organizations, to understanding how women themselves framed needs and issues. The women in Sweden and in India did not organize themselves solely around resource issues. But in many ways, the issues were implicit and it was impossible to separate the forest issues from the others. Organizing as ‘women’ was neither natural nor self evident. Through their organizing the women consciously constructed a space for themselves. Paradoxically, in Sweden, where gender equality has been actively pursued, the space to organize as women was ambiguous. In India, the women used the opening provided by ideas on gender equality and a women’s programme to create an alternative space from which to act and bring about change. The research has implications for how local management and gender equality are conceptualised in theory and in practice and importantly for the framing of policies that seek to bring about gender equitable resource management.

Authors/Creators:Arora-Jonsson, Seema
Title:Unsettling the order
Subtitle:gendered subjects and grassroots activism in two forest communities
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2005
Number of Pages:361
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6969-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E50 Rural sociology and social security
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:rural development, forest management, resource management, role of women, participation, nongovernmental organizations, india, sweden
Keywords:Local forest management, gender, women's organizing, rural development, participatory action research, feminist praxis, India, Sweden.
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ID Code:885
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Institutionen för landsbygdsutveckling och agroekologi (t.o.m. 051231)
Deposited By: Seema Arora-Jonsson
Deposited On:12 Aug 2005 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:07

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