A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change
Edited by Stephanie Buechler, Anne-Marie S. Hanson
Routledge – 2015 – 192 pages
Routledge – 2015 – 192 pages
The impact of global environmental change on surface water resources affects gendered livelihoods, governance and development. The deterioration of water quality, rising temperatures, and changes in the seasonality, quantity, and duration of precipitation increasingly alters human, animal and plant demand for water resources. This edited volume explores how a feminist political ecology framework can bring new and exciting insights to the study of livelihoods dependent on vulnerable rivers, watersheds, wetlands and coastal environments. Bringing together political ecologists and feminist scholars from multiple disciplines, the book develops solution-oriented advances to theory, policy and planning to tackle the complexity of these global environmental changes.
Using applied research on the contemporary management of rivers, watersheds and coastal wetlands in the South Pacific, Central and South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and North America, the authors draw on a variety of methodological perspectives and new theoretical approaches to demonstrate the importance of considering multiple layers of social difference as produced by and central to the effective governance and local management of water resources.
This unique collection employs a unifying feminist political ecology framework that emphasizes the ways that gender interacts with other social and geographical locations of water resource users. In doing so, the book further questions the normative gender discourses that underlie policies and practices surrounding water management and climate change, large-scale development and dams, resource knowledge and expertise, and critical livelihood studies.
The book should be of interest to students and scholars of environment studies, development studies, anthropology, feminist and environmental geography, as well as women’s and gender studies.
Foreword Leila Harris 1. Introduction Anne-Marie Hanson, Stephanie Buechler and Janice Monk Part 1 : Feminist Political Ecology and Large-scale Water Resource Management 2. Interrogating Large-scale Development and Inequality in Lesotho: Bridging Feminist Political Ecology, Intersectionality and Environmental Justice Frameworks Yvonne Braun 3. The Silent (and Gendered) Violence: A Feminist Approach to Understanding Water Access and Quality Changes from Mining in India Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt 4. International Partnerships of Women, Watershed Governance and Climate Change Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins 5. Urban Water Visibility in Los Angeles: Legibility and Access for all Kathleen Kambic Part 2 : Women and Innovative Adaptations to Global Environmental Change 6. Climate-water Challenges and Adaptation Strategies of Women Cheese Producers in Mexico Stephanie Buechler 7. Women Cistern Builders and Watersheds in Brazil Andrea Moraes 8. Fish, Food and ‘Two Old Women’: A Feminist Political Ecology of Aquaponics in the Cook Islands Yvonne Underhill-Sem Part 3: Stories, Narratives and Producing Knowledge of Socio-Environmental Change 9. Shoes in the Seaweed and Bottles on the Beach: Garbage and Women's Ecological Oral Histories of Socio-Environmental Change in Coastal Yucatán Anne-Marie Hanson 10. Storytelling the Headwaters of the Yukon Lake Eleanor Hayman and Mark Wedge 11. Pamiri Women and the Melting Glaciers of Tajikistan: Recognizing Knowledge Diversity for Better Adaptation Citt Williams and Ivan Golovnev 12. Conclusion: Advancing Multi-Disciplinary Scholarship on Gender, Water and Environmental Change through a Feminist Political Ecology Framework Stephanie Buechler, Anne-Marie Hanson and Diana Liverman
Stephanie Buechler is Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Arizona, USA.
Anne-Marie Hanson is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, USA.