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Record number 540921
Title Spaces for participation and resistance : gendered experiences of oil palm plantation development
Author(s) Vos, Rosanne de; Delabre, Izabela
Source Geoforum 96 (2018). - ISSN 0016-7185 - p. 217 - 226.
Department(s) LR - PRC Sterksel
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Availibility Full text available from 2020-11-01
Keyword(s) Gender - Micro-politics - Palm oil - Positionality - Resistance - Spaces for participation

In this paper, we explore the gendered experiences of, and responses to, socio-economic and environmental change evoked by processes of land acquisition for oil palm plantation development. Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, we examine the heterogeneous and differentiated nature of women's lived experiences in resisting, accepting and enacting agrarian change. We find that impacts stretch beyond livelihood opportunities, access to land and resources, and labour conditions: plantation development also affects and changes social relations, leading to insecurity and anxiety and new forms of solidarity. Using an analytical framework of ‘spaces for participation’ we highlight how women are excluded from participation during negotiations and contestations around land acquisition for the development of oil palm plantations. Yet, women also challenge their exclusion by claiming space for participation in different ways, including by engaging in alternative, more subtle forms of resistance that frequently go unnoticed by policies and practices that aim to empower women.

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