Gender, Mobilities, and Livelihood Transformations: Comparing Indigenous People in China, India, and Laos (Hardback) book cover

Gender, Mobilities, and Livelihood Transformations

Comparing Indigenous People in China, India, and Laos

Edited by Ragnhild Lund, Kyoko Kusakabe, Smita Mishra Panda, Yunxian Wang

© 2014 – Routledge

200 pages

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In the era of globalization many minority populations are subject to marginalization and expulsion from their traditional habitats due to rapid economic restructuring and changing politico-spatial relations. This book presents an analytical framework for understanding how mobility is an inherent part of such changes.

The book demonstrates how current neoliberal policies are making people increasingly on the move – whether voluntarily or forced, and whether individually, as family, or as whole communities – and how such mobility is changing the livelihoods of indigenous people, with particular focus on how these transformations are gendered. It queries how state policies and cross-border and cross-regional connections have shaped and redefined the livelihood patterns, rights and citizenship, identities, and gender relations of indigenous peoples. It also identifies the dynamic changes that indigenous men and women are facing, given rapid infrastructure improvements and commercialization and/or industrialization in their places of Environment.

With a focus on mobility, this innovative book gives students and researchers in development studies, gender studies, human geography, anthropology and Asian studies a more realistic assessment of peoples livelihood choices under a time of rapid transformation, and the knowledge produced may add value to present development policies and practices.

Table of Contents

1. Gender, Mobilities and Livelihoods Transformations: An Introduction, Ragnhild Lund 2. Rethinking "Mobilities" - Exploring the Linkages between Development Issues, Marginalized Groups and Gender Tanu Priya Uteng 3. Mobile Livelihoods of Ethnic Minorities in Socio-economic Transformation in China: A Case of Yunnan , Yunxian Wang 4. Chinese Peasants in Transition, Thomas Sæthre Jakobsen 5. Exploring Mobile Livelihoods among Tribal Communities in Odisha: Gendered Insights and Outcomes, Smita Mishra Panda 6.Mobility Patterns and Gendered Practices among Soliga People in Karnataka, India, Anitha Venkatesh & Veena N 7. Gendered vulnerability of resettlement and restricted mobility of ethnic groups in Northern Laos,Kyoko Kusakabe and Sengkham Vongphakdy 8. Conclusion Ragnhild Lund

About the Editors

Ragnhild Lund is Professor in Development Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

Kyoko Kusakabe is Associate Professor of Gender and Development Studies at the School of Environment, Resources and Development, at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Smita Mishra Panda is Professor at the School of Management at the Human Development Foundation in Odisha, India.

Yunxian Wang is an independent researcher, affiliated to the Institute of Sociology, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Development, Mobilities and Migration

This series is dedicated to the growing and important area of mobilities and migration within Development Studies. It promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research targeted at a global readership.

The series welcomes submissions from established and junior authors on cutting-edge and high-level research on key topics that feature in global news and public debate.

These include the Arab spring; famine in the Horn of Africa; riots; environmental migration; development-induced displacement and resettlement; livelihood transformations; people-trafficking; health and infectious diseases; employment; South-South migration; population growth; children’s wellbeing; marriage and family; food security; the global financial crisis; drugs wars; and other contemporary crisis.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy