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Record number 507850
Title Género y toma de decisiones en el hogar en pueblos rurales de Laos : implicancias para los medios de vida en desarrollo hidroeléctrico
Author(s) Weeratunge, Nireka; Joffre, Olivier; Senaratna Sellamuttu, Sonali; Bouahom, Bounthanom; Keophoxay, Anousith
Source Gender, Place & Culture : a Journal of Feminist Geography 23 (2016)11. - ISSN 0966-369X - p. 1599 - 1614.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2016.1219319
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) decision-making - Gender - households - hydropower development - Lao PDR - livelihoods
Abstract

Hydropower development with concomitant changes in water and land regimes often results in livelihood transformation of affected people, entailing changes in intra-household decision-making upon which livelihood strategies are based. Economic factors underlying gender dimensions of household decision-making have been studied rigorously since the 1970s. However, empirical data on gender and decision-making within households, needed for evidence-based action, remain scarce. This is more so in hydropower contexts. This article explores gender and livelihood-related decision-making within rural households in the context of hydropower development in Lao PDR. Based on a social well-being conceptual approach with data from a household survey and qualitative interviews, it focuses on household decisions in an ethnic minority resettlement site soon after displacement, from an interpretive perspective. The article, first, aims to assess the extent to which household decision-making is gendered and secondly, to understand the complex reasoning behind household decisions, especially the relevance of material, relational, and subjective factors. It argues that while most household decisions are ostensibly considered as ‘joint’ in the study site, the nuanced nature of gendered values, norms, practices, relations, attitudes, and feelings underlying these decisions are important to assessing why households might or might not adopt livelihood interventions proposed by hydropower developers.

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