A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change
Edited by Stephanie Buechler, Anne-Marie S. Hanson
Routledge – 2015 – 288 pages
Routledge – 2015 – 288 pages
This edited volume explores how a feminist political ecology framework can bring fresh insights to the study of rural and urban livelihoods dependent on vulnerable rivers, lakes, 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 groundwater, springs, rivers, lakes, watersheds and coastal wetlands in Central and South Asia, Northern, Central and Southern 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 rural and urban water management and climate change, water pollution, large-scale development and dams, water for crop and livestock production and processing, resource knowledge and expertise, and critical livelihood studies.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of environmental studies, development studies, feminist and environmental geography, anthropology, sociology, environmental philosophy, public policy, planning, media studies, Latin American and other area studies, as well as women’s and gender studies.
Foreword 1. Introduction: Towards a feminist political ecology of women, global change and vulnerable waterscapes 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 3. The Silent (and Gendered) Violence: Understanding Water Access in Mining Areas 4. Urban Water Visibility in Los Angeles: Legibility and Access for all 5. Advances and Setbacks in Women's Participation in Water Management in Brazil Part 2: Women and Innovative Adaptations to Global Environmental Change 6. Climate-water Challenges and Gendered Adaptation Strategies in Rayon, a Riparian Community in Sonora, Mexico 7. International Partnerships of Women for Sustainable Watershed Governance in Times of Climate Change8. Women's Contributions to Climate Change Adaptation in Egypt's Mubarak Resettlement Scheme through Cactus Cultivation and Adjusted Irrigation Part 3: Stories, Narratives and Knowledge Production of Socio-Environmental Change 9. Shoes in the Seaweed and Bottles on the Beach: Global Garbage and Women's Oral Histories of Socio-Environmental Change in Coastal Yucatán 10. Heen Kas' el'ti Zoo: Among the Ragged Lakes - Storytelling and Collaborative Water Research with Carcross/Tagish First Nation (Yukon Territory, Canada) 11. Pamiri Women and the Melting Glaciers of Tajikistan: A Visual Knowledge Exchange for Improved Environmental Governance 12. Conclusion: Advancing Multi-Disciplinary Scholarship on Gender, Water and Environmental Change through Feminist Political Ecology
Stephanie Buechler is an Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Arizona, USA.
Anne-Marie Hanson is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield, USA.