A new book has been published in the 'Routledge Research in Gender and Society’ series.
'Gender, Development and Environmental Governance. Theorizing Connections’ by Seema Arora-Jonsson focuses on two small towns, the first in India, a country known for its high degree of gender inequality and sexism, and - in contrast with the former - Sweden, the country that is supposed to have reached the highest possible level of equality. Both of the investigated communities are involved in local forest management, and both feature women’s groups, because women feel that their voice is not being heard in the male-dominated forest organizations.
Using participatory research and in-depth fieldwork, Arora-Jonsson examines the negotiations of gender and power relations in these places and seeks to gain knowledge about how they shape environmental governance as well as development action. Placing the politics of knowledge production at the centre of her analysis, and by outlining linkages between the two contexts, she attempts to advance thinking on the construction of domination as well as possibilities for emancipation in both communities.
For the complete article, please see GenderCC.