There is currently much interest in mainstreaming gender in natural resource management, including forestry. This reader provides a collection of key articles on gender and forests published over the last 30 years. Including an editorial introduction and overview, it provides an accessible collection of excellent forestry-relevant social science within an overarching analytical framework and demonstrates the leading debates in the field.
The book will be of great value to both biophysical science and social science students and to professionals in training. It focuses on people and forest interactions, providing a range of studies from both developed and developing countries. It includes theoretical analyses, methodological pieces, case studies, and cross-country comparisons, and it forms a companion volume to Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues (2016).
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Gender and Forests: Themes, Contents and Gaps
Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Marlène Elias, Susan Hummel and Bimbika Sijapati Basnett
Part 1: Global Conceptual, Epistemological and Methodological Analyses
2. Earth Mother Myths and other Ecofeminist Fables: How a Strategic Notion Rose and Fell
3. In Theory and in Practice: Women Creating Better Accounts of the World
4. On Communication Among 'Unequals'
Carol J. Pierce Colfer
5. Discordant Connections: Discourses on Gender and Grassroots Activism in Two Forest Communities in India and Sweden
Part 2: Knowledge, Community Forestry and Grouping in South Asia
6. A Feminist in the Forest: Situated Knowledges and Mixing Methods in Natural Resource Management
7. The Hidden Side of Group Behaviour: A Gender Analysis of Community Forestry in South Asia
Part 3: Agroforestry, Tenure and Conceptual Framing in Africa
8. Shady Practice: Gender and the Political Ecology of Resource Stabilization in Gambian Garden/orchards
Richard A. Schroeder
9. African Shea Butter: A Feminized Subsidy from Nature
Marlène Elias and Judith Carney
Part 4: Conjugal Relations, Migration, and Forest-based Livelihoods in Southeast Asia
10. Working Separately but Eating Together: Personhood, Property, and Power in Conjugal Relations
11. Migrant Pathways to Resource Access in Lampung’s Political Forest: Gender, Citizenship and Creative Conjugality
Part 5: Forested Landscapes and Farming in Latin America
12. Masculine and Feminine Exchanges Working to (Re)Produce or Degrade Andean Silvopasture Systems
13. Trees as Tools, Trees as Text: Struggles over Resources in Zambrana-Chacuey, Dominican Republic
Dianne Rocheleau and Laurie Ross
Part 6: A Glimpse of Gender Systems in ‘the North’
14. Marginality and Gender at Work in Forestry Communities of British Columbia, Canada
Maureen G. Reed
15. The Politics of Invasive Weed Management: Gender, Race, and Risk Perception in Rural California
Kari M. Norgaard
Part 7: Learning and Building on the Classics
16. Concluding Reflections for the Future
Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Marlène Elias, Susan Stevens Hummel and Carol J. Pierce Colfer
Carol J. Pierce Colfer is a Senior Associate at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Visiting Scholar at Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program, Ithaca, New York, USA.
Marlène Elias is a Gender Specialist at Bioversity International, Rome, Italy.
Bimbika Sijapati Basnett is Gender Coordinator at CIFOR in Bogor, Indonesia.
Susan Stevens Hummel is a Research Forester at the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station, US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Portland, Oregon, USA.
"This is a valuable compilation of the conceptual and theoretical frameworks regarding gender and forests and their evolution in diverse contexts since the 1970s. For all those working on equitably strengthening the interface between communities and forests, the reader will be an excellent resource for better understanding the often invisible power relations determining whether women gain or lose from well intentioned interventions." – Madhu Sarin, The Campaign for Survival and Dignity, India
"Forestry is ultimately a social science if our aim is to benefit people. Often gender issues in forestry are addressed superficially, without adequate thought to underlying assumptions and theoretical frameworks or consideration of case examples. This volume—and its 2016 companion—thus fills a gap for planners, researchers and managers who care about improving how gender is represented in forestry." – Cynthia Mackie, U.S Forest Service International Programs, Washington D.C, USAMadhu Sarin, Campaign for Survival & Dignity, India, and Fellow of the Rights and Resources Initiative
"‘What can we do about gender?’ ask many research and development actors working to sustain forest landscapes globally. This book makes a compelling case that by pursuing gender-focused strategies and opportunities, all kinds of people, along with forests, trees and the environment, will be better off." – Patricia Kristjanson, World Agroforestry Center, Kenya
"This volume will educate and inspire those wishing to conserve forested landscapes and make the people living in and around forests better off. It thoughtfully analyzes critical gender issues related to forests and what we know about what works and what doesn’t. This will be valuable for researchers, development agencies, governments and civil society organizations interested in capitalizing on the positive role forests can play for all kinds of people and their environments." – Werner L Kornexl, Program on Forests, World Bank Group, Washington D.C., USA
"The 16 chapters, aimed at an interdisciplinary audience of professionals in the biophysical and social sciences and organized into seven distinct parts divided by region of the world, include studies from both developing and developed country contexts; theoretical and methodological discussions; case studies; and cross-national comparisons.
The book ambitiously seeks to build the theoretical grounding of analysis on gender and forests, and to consolidate understanding of methods, knowledge, and conceptual frameworks to fill lacks in the background of many scholars and practitioners in research, development, conservation and forest management. The editors took care to balance contributions across regions, method, and topics, including chapters focusing on both North and South, as well as women, men, and “others.” - by Marianne Schmink Professor Emerita, University of Florida, USA, in International Forestry Review Vol.20(1), 2018