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Type: Journal article
Title: 'Our bones are made of iron': the political ecology of Garhwali women's activism
Author: Drew, G.
Citation: The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 2014; 25(3):287-303
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1035-8811
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Georgina Drew
Abstract: In the Garhwal Himalaya of India's Uttarakhand State, a series of social movements emerged in the late 2000s to contest hydroelectric dams on a tributary of the sacred River Ganga. Within these opposition movements, men often took high-profile leadership roles whereas women from a range of socio-economic backgrounds formed the overwhelming base of participation at meetings, assemblies, and rallies. This article draws from event-based participation and semi-structured interviews to explore the diverse concerns that women gave to explain their engagements with opposition efforts. I counter essentialist frames and employ a feminist political ecology approach to argue that the gendered dynamics are attributable to historical, cultural, religious, and political-economic influences. The article contributes to anthropologies of gender, environment, and social movements by taking an approach focused on disparities of practice and power that helps situate Garhwali women's roles in development contestations.
Keywords: gender and environment; political ecology; social movements; hydroelectric development; River Ganga; Garhwal India
Rights: © 2014 Australian Anthropological Society
DOI: 10.1111/taja.12106
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