Gender relations in forest societies in Asia

Gender relations in forest societies in Asia

Based on fieldwork several indigenous societies in South and Southeast Asia, this article explores the change in gender relations from a matrilineal and/or egalitarian system to one where male domination is present as the norm. We looked at changes in gender relations in forest societies in four situations: (a) colonial and state rule over forest communities and the takeover of forests; (b) historical and contemporary revolts of forest-dwelling women and men re-establish community control over forests; (c) the response of national states to these autonomy movements by shifting to devolution as a policy; and (d) the current situation, where women’s inclusion in local forest management is becoming more a policy norm. However, these norms of women’s inclusion, though still limited in space, have also come about through a process of struggle by women.

Authors: Kelkar, G.; Nathan, D.

Topic: CIFOR,gender,tenure,gender relations,change,traditional society,forest management,community forestry

Geographic: Asia

Publication Year: 2001

Source: Gender, Technology and Development 5(1): 1-32

DOI: 10.1177/097185240100500101

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