Women and Disasters in South Asia: Survival, security and development, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women and Disasters in South Asia

Survival, security and development, 1st Edition

Edited by Linda Racioppi, Swarna Rajagopalan

Routledge India

318 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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South Asia is one of the most vulnerable areas of an increasingly disaster-impacted world, with cyclones, earthquakes, floods and droughts causing several casualties and disrupting lives and livelihoods every year. Yet the impacts of disasters are not equally distributed across the peoples of the region.Women and men experience disaster differently, and their needs in the aftermath of disaster often differ. 

Bringing together perspectives from academics, emergency response specialists and development practitioners, the volume investigates to what extent and in what ways gender affects the course of post-disaster reconstruction. Conversely, it also explores in what ways gender politics may be altered by disaster and post-disaster reconstruction.

The study includes:

  • a comprehensive overview of key issues facing women and men, as gendered beings, in reconstruction and development;
  • a targeted observation of specific South Asian disaster contexts; and
  • a sustained discussion of case studies and their implications and lessons.

This book will interest scholars and researchers of disaster management, rehabilitation studies, gender, environment, ecology and sociology. It will also be useful to institutions dealing with natural and man-made disasters, non-governmental organisations and disaster recovery professionals.


‘This volume provides an important contribution to the scientific literature by [not only offering] new data and analyses, but also indicating what ought to be done for policy and practice . . . [A] solid overview of gender and disaster for countries across South Asia, informing the rest of world.’ — Ilan Kelman, Reader, Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction and Institute for Global Health, University College London, UK

'The book brings together interdisciplinary perspectives in gender studies. It provides a good collection of references for students and researchers to build upon.' — Malini Nambiar, an independent disaster management professional focusing on gender inclusion and community-based disaster risk management, Economic&Political Weekly

Table of Contents

List of Tables. List of Figures and Boxes. Acknowledgements. List of Contributors. 1. Introduction2. Gender Differential Impacts of the 2004 Tsunami 3. The Interplay of Women, Work and Disasters: Missing Women’s Views 4. Livelihoods Re-examined: A Critical Look at Gender Roles in the Aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami 5. Impact of Super Cyclone On Life And Livelihood of Women: A Micro Level Study Of Two Coastal Districts In Orissa 6. Gender Play in Economic Redevelopment in Post-tsunami Sri Lanka 7. Adaptability to Floods in North Bihar: Gendered Experiences 8. Gender Politics and Disaster in Rural Nepal 9. Pakistan Floods: Reports from the Field 10. Rural Women as Architects of Recovery and Reconstruction: The Swayam Shikshan Prayog Story 11. Gender-based Violence and Disasters: South Asia in Comparative Perspective 12. Gender, Disasters and Development: Opportunities for South-South Cooperation 13. Exploring the Meaning of Securitisation for ‘Gender and Disaster’14. Intersections and Beyond Index

About the Editors

Linda Racioppi isProfessor of Comparative Cultures and Politics, and International Relations, Michigan State University, USA.

Swarna Rajagopalan is an independent scholar and Managing Trustee, The Prajnya Trust, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries