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Gender and Forest Commons of the Western Indian Himalayas: A Case Study of Differences

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dc.contributor.author Davidson-Hunt, Kerril Jean en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:30:15Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:30:15Z
dc.date.issued 1996 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-06-19 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-06-19 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/479
dc.description.abstract "This paper discusses the role of women in common property use in the Indian Himalayas, outlining the central role of women in the use of village commons and the protection of village forests and pastures. Women were interviewed in two villages of the Kulu Valley and, in one village in particular, were found to have organized themselves in a similar manner to the women of the Chipko movement to regulate and protect village forests from degradation. The Mahila Mandal, a women's organization found throughout India, was the main vehicle for village control and management of common lands. While almost all women within the village were found to use village commons for the multiple purposes of fuel, fodder and/or cattle bedding, the present research did not find that all women were equally involved in the decision-making processes that occurred over the use and management of village commons. Caste considerations were essential for understanding the village-level decision-making processes over village common property. The Mahila Mandal was composed primarily of upper caste Rajput women. The exclusion of lower caste women from the village organization that regulated the use of village commons meant that specific needs of lower caste women were not incorporated into the management of village commons." en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject forestry en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject village organization en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.subject caste system en_US
dc.subject social organization en_US
dc.title Gender and Forest Commons of the Western Indian Himalayas: A Case Study of Differences en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US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 Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Voices from the Commons, the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 5-8, 1996 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Berkeley, CA en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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