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Gender Relations in Forest Societies in Asia

Gender Relations in Forest Societies in Asia
Patriarchy at Odds

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Govind Kelkar - UNIFEM-IFAD Gender Mainstreaming Programme, New Delhi, India
  • Dev Nathan - Institute of Human Development, New Delhi, India
  • Pierre Walter - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

November 2003 | 352 pages | SAGE India
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
Phrang Roy
Govind Kelkar et al
K S Singh
Gender Roles in History: Women as Hunters
Yang Faquan
The Fireplace: Gender and Culture among Yunnan Nationalities
Xi Yuhua
Naxi Nature Goddesses Archetype
Cholthira Satyawadhana
Appropriation of Women's Indigenous Knowledge: The Case of the Matrilineal Lua in Northern Thailand
Samar Bosu Mullick
Gender Relations and Witches among the Indigenous Communities of Jharkhand, India
He Zhonghua
Forest Management in Mosua Matrilineal Society, Yunnan, China
Yang Fuquan and Xi Yuhua
Naxi Women: Protection and Management of Forests in Lijiang, China
Paul Porodong
Bobolizan, Forests and Gender Relations in Sabah, Malaysia
Tiplut Nongbri
Women and Matriliny: Transformations in Gender Relations: Transformations in Gender Relations
Indra Munshi
Women and Forest: A Study of the Warlis of Western India
Madhu Sarin
Empowerment and Disempowerment of Forest Women in Uttarakhand, India

The contributors of this important volume explore the changes in gender relations within indigenous communities, from matrilineal or gender egalitarian systems to ones where male domination is the norm… This quest will contribute to the Millennium Development Goals of achieving gender equality and halving rural poverty by 2015. This volume is an invaluable addition to the literature which will help researchers and policy-makers in gender studies, natural resource management, and conservation by providing invaluable insights into the lives of forest dwellers in Asia.

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ISBN: 9780761997832