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Some Years You Live like a Coyote: Gendered Practices of Cultural Resilience in Working Rangeland Landscapes

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Wilmer, Hailey; Fernández-Giménez, María E.
Journal: Ambio
Volume: 45
Page(s): 363-372
Date: 2016
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10236
Sector: Grazing
Social Organization
Region: North America
Subject(s): management
Abstract: "Rangeland researchers are increasingly interested in understanding working rangelands as integrated social–ecological systems and in investigating the contexts of human decision-making processes that support system resilience. U.S. public lands ranchers are key partners in rangeland conservation, but the role of women in building system resilience has not yet been explored. We conducted life-history interviews with 19 ranching women in the Southwestern United States. We analyzed the resulting transcripts by identifying contradictions between women’s material practices and traditional discourses in the ranching livelihood that illustrated women’s efforts to maintain both a way of life and a living during social and ecological change. These gendered practices of cultural resilience included self-sacrifice during difficult financial times, engagement with non-rancher networks, and efforts to transfer cultural and technical knowledge. We argue that the key part ranchers play in rangeland conservation cannot be fully understood without a consideration of gendered practices of cultural resilience."

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