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Climate Hazards, Disasters, and Gender Ramifications

ISBN 9781138354364
Published June 14, 2019 by Routledge
302 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book focuses on the challenges of living with climate disasters, in addition to the existing gender inequalities that prevail and define social, economic and political conditions.

Social inequalities have consequences for the everyday lives of women and girls where power relations, institutional and socio-cultural practices make them disadvantaged in terms of disaster preparedness and experience. Chapters in this book unravel how gender and masculinity intersect with age, ethnicity, sexuality and class in specific contexts around the globe. It looks at the various kinds of difficulties for particular groups before, during and after disastrous events such as typhoons, flooding, landslides and earthquakes. It explores how issues of gender hierarchies, patriarchal structures and masculinity are closely related to gender segregation, institutional codes of behaviour and to a denial of environmental crisis. This book stresses the need for a gender-responsive framework that can provide a more holistic understanding of disasters and climate change. A critical feminist perspective uncovers the gendered politics of disaster and climate change.

This book will be useful for practitioners and researchers working within the areas of Climate Change response, Gender Studies, Disaster Studies and International Relations.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Climate Hazards, Disasters and Gender Ramifications

  2. Helle Rydstrom and Catarina Kinnvall

    PART 1

  3. Gender Responsive Alternatives on Climate Change from a Feminist Standpoint

  4. Maria Tanyag and Jacqui True

  5. Why Gender Does Not Stick: Exploring Conceptual Logics in Global Disaster Risk Reduction Policy

  6. Sara Bondesson

  7. Women as Agents of Change? Reflections on Women in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in the Global North and the Global South

  8. Misse Wester and Phu Doma Lama

  9. Industrial/Breadwinner Masculinities and Climate Change: Understanding the Complexities of Climate Change Denial

  10. Paul Pulé and Martin Hultman

    PART 2

  11. Climate Change and ‘Architectures of Entitlement’: Beyond Gendered Virtue and Vulnerability in the Pacific Islands?

  12. Nicole George

  13. Gender as Fundamental to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: Experiences from South Asia

  14. Emmanuel Raju

  15. #leavenoonebehind: Women, Gender Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal

  16. Katie Oven, Jonathan Rigg, Shubheksha Rana, Arya Gautam, and Toran Singh

  17. Gendered and Ungendered Bodies in the Tsunami: Experiences and Ontological Vulnerability in Southern Thailand

  18. Claudia Merli

    PART 3

  19. Disasters and Gendered Violence in Pakistan: Religion, Nationalism and Masculinity

  20. Sidsel Hansson and Catarina Kinnvall

  21. Crises, Ruination and Slow Harm: Masculinized Livelihoods and Gendered Ramifications of Storms in Vietnam

  22. Helle Rydstrom

  23. In the Wake of Haiyan: An Ethnographic Study on Gendered Vulnerability and Resilience as a Result of Climatic Catastrophes in the Philippines

  24. Huong Nguyen

  25. Accountability for State Failures to Prevent Sexual Assault in Evacuation Centres and Temporary Shelters: A Human Rights Based Approach

  26. Matthew Scott

  27. Conclusions

Catarina Kinnvall and Helle Rydstrom




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Catarina Kinnvall is Professor at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden.

Helle Rydström is Professor at the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden.


"Ranging far and wide – geographically, conceptually, and by topic – the Climate Hazards, Disasters, and Gendered Ramifications edited collection presents a multi-sided, critical feminist set of perspectives on the gendered politics of disaster, hazards and climate change. This is an important book in bringing together, and demonstrating the intertwining of, two of the most urgent challenges of the contemporary and future worlds: climate change and continuing gender domination."

- Jeff Hearn, Professor, Hanken School of Economics, Finland; Örebro University, Sweden, University of Huddersfield, UK; author of Men of the World

"This is a book about connections: between disasters and the everyday; between the abstract domain of theory and the concrete lived experiences of people; between academic disciplines; and between the many intersecting axes of difference that comprise the gendered person. In revealing these complex and nuanced connections, in a range of settings and circumstances, in ways that are both theoretically and empirically strong, the editors shine a critical feminist light on what is, too often, a simplistic and naturalised space of climate hazards and disasters. This will be an important reference text on the meaning of a truly gender responsive approach for scientists, policymakers, academics and students of many disciplines."

- Professor Maureen Fordham. Centre Director, IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster, University College London (UCL)


"Climate Hazards, Disasters, and Gendered Ramifications couldn’t be more timely. Gender research is currently under attack in many parts of the world and climate change denial is alarmingly commonplace in the era of the Anthropocene. Focusing on the human challenges of living with climate hazards, this book shows with great theoretical insigh