This book focuses on the gendered experiences of environmental change across different geographies and social contexts in South Asia and on diverse strategies of adapting to climate variability.
The book analyzes how changes in rainfall patterns, floods, droughts, heatwaves and landslides affect those who are directly dependent on the agrarian economy. It examines the socio-economic pressures, including the increase in women’s work burdens both in production and reproduction on gender relations. It also examines coping mechanisms such as male migration and the formation of women’s collectives which create space for agency and change in rigid social relations. The volume looks at perspectives from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to present the nuances of gender relations across borders along with similarities and differences across geographical,socio-cultural and policy contexts.
This book will be of interest to researchers and students of sociology, development, gender, economics, environmental studies and South Asian studies. It will also be useful for policymakers, NGOs and think tanks working in the areas of gender, climate change and development.
Table of Contents
List of tables. List of figures. List of contributors. Forward. Acknowledgements 1. Gender Climate Change and the Politics of Vulnerability: An Introduction Part I: Vulnerabilities 2. Vulnerabilities Of Rural Women To Climate Extremes: A Case Of Semi-Arid Districts In Pakistan 3. Gendered Vulnerabilities in Diaras: Struggles with Floods in the Gandak River Basin in Bihar, India 4. Of Borewells And Bicycles: The Gendered Nature Of Water Access and its Implications for Local Vulnerability 5. Vulnerabilities And Resilience Of Local Women Towards Climate Change In Indus Basin 6. Climate Change, Gendered vulnerabilities and Resilience in High Mountain Communities- Case of Upper Rasuwa in Gandaki River Basin, Hindu Kush Himalaya Part II: Adaptation and Wellbeing 7. Wells and Well-being in South India: Gender Dimensions of Groundwater Dependence 8. Gender, migration and environmental change in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in Bangladesh 9. Female Headed Households, Migration and Adaptation in Mahanadi Delta, India 10. Climate Change and Gender Dynamics: Mapping the Linkages in the Upper Ganga Basin in Uttarakhand, India 11. Conclusion: The Path to Gender Consciousness. Index.
Asha Hans is a former Director of the School of Women’s Studies and Professor of Political Science, Utkal University, India.
Nitya Rao is Professor of Gender and Development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK.
Anjal Prakash is the Research Director and Adjunct Associate Professor, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India.
Amrita Patel has been an adviser in the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Odisha, India.