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Engendering the Commons: A Case Study in Gender, Difference and Common Property in Himachal Pradesh, India

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dc.contributor.author Davidson-Hunt, Kerril Jean en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:05:11Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:05:11Z
dc.date.issued 1995 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-19 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-19 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3617
dc.description.abstract "The focus of 'Engendering the Commons: A Case Study in Gender, Difference and Common Property in Himachal Pradesh, India' is women's use of common property, primarily village forests, and how women of different caste and economic status use common lands for distinct needs. The research is theoretically framed by a perspective in difference, and bounded by common property as a parameter for study. Research is based upon 10 weeks of fieldwork, undertaking interviews with women in 33 households in two small agricultural villages in the Kullu Valley. "The present research supports theory at a macro-level that rural villagers are highly dependent upon common property resources, and may therefore have interest in defending village commons from degradation. At a micro-level, however, this study suggests that there is stratification by caste and class within rural villages that ultimately leaves the poorest within the village outside management and influence in decision making over village common lands. "In this study, 97% of the women interviewed used village commons for the collection of firewood, fodder and/or cow bedding, although each woman relied upon the commons for distinct livelihood needs Households with limited land and cattle resources required products from the commons to sustain agricultural livelihoods. The near-landless often used village commons to gather products for sale or to be utilized within reciprocal relationships with kin households. Within this context of differing needs from village commons, a women's organization, the Mahila Mandal, had organized to protect village forests from continuing environmental degradation The diversity of needs from village commons, as well as women's differing positions within the village socio-political structure, was found to create conflict at the village level over the management and issues of control of common lands. The study concludes that a perspective in difference brings a closer understanding of 'community' management of 'common' resources." en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject forests en_US
dc.subject equality en_US
dc.subject households en_US
dc.title Engendering the Commons: A Case Study in Gender, Difference and Common Property in Himachal Pradesh, India en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries University of Manitoba, Department of Anthropology en_US
dc.type.thesistype Ph.D. Dissertation en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US

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