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Climate Change and Gendered Livelihood in Bangladesh

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ISBN 9781032003023
August 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Globally climate-induced disasters have been impacting marginalised communities’ lives, livelihood and gendered relations. This book explores the effects of Cyclone Aila (as a result of climate change) in 2009 on the rural livelihoods and gendered relations of two ethnically distinct forest communities – Munda, an indigenous group, and Shora, a Muslim group – dwelling near the Sundarbans Forest in Bangladesh.

Examining the cyclone’s medium- to long-term impacts on livelihoods and comparative aspects of gendered relations between these two contrasting communities, this book addresses a gap in current critical development studies. It adopts an ethnographic research design and analyses the alterations to livelihood activities and reconfiguration of gender relations within the Munda and Shora communities since 2009. The study primarily contends that post-Aila, livelihoods and gendered relations have been substantially transformed in both communities, making the case that the improvement of local infrastructure, as an important part of the geographical location, has noticeably progressed the living conditions and livelihoods of some members of the Munda and Shora communities.

Connecting climate-induced changes with the construction and alteration of gendered livelihood patterns, the book will be of interest to a wide range of academics in the fields of Asian Studies, Sociology of Environment, Social Anthropology, Human Geography, Gender and Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Disaster Management and Forestry and Environmental Science.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Livelihood context of the Sundarbans Forest, Gender and Cyclone Aila

Chapter 2 – Framing post-disaster lives, livelihoods and gendered relations in Bangladesh 26

Chapter 3 – Mapping the transformation of gendered lives, livelihoods and gendered Relations before and after Cyclone Aila: a summary of methods and methodology

Chapter 4 – Gendered lives and livelihood histories of the Munda indigenous community in the Sundarbans Forest

Chapter 5 – Gendered lives and livelihood histories in Shora near the Sundarbans Forest

Chapter 6 – Post-Aila gendered lives and livelihoods: evidence from the Shora and Munda forest communities of the Bangladesh Sundarbans Forest

Chapter 7 – Implications of research into livelihoods and gendered relations before and after cyclone disaster in the Sundarbans Forest, Bangladesh

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Sajal Roy is based at Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative, Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia, where he teaches at the Schools of Social Sciences and Business.


This is an excellent book providing a much-needed scholarly contribution to the debate over indigenous communities and climate induced disasters. The book presents a rich empirical evidence on Munda and Shora indigenous communities from Bangladesh to demonstrate how and why the livelihoods of these rural communities are changing in the face of disasters, how disaster impacts are gendered, especially in the context of indigenous communities, and why it matters to recognise the persistence and change in the views of indigenous women affected by and responding to disasters. The author has done an excellent job to bring out the ethnographic details to explain the construction and alternation of gendered livelihood patterns in disaster affected communities. This is a fresh and important addition to the scholarship of disaster and development studies. - Krishna K. Shrestha, UNSW Sydney, Australia