Energy, Gender and Social Norms in Indigenous Rural Societies

Citation:

Kelkar, Govind, Dev Nathan, Patricia Mukhim, and Rosemary Dzuvichu. 2017. “Energy, Gender and Social Norms in Indigenous Rural Societies." Economic and Political Weekly 52 (1): 7-8.

Authors: Govind Kelkar, Dev Nathan, Patricia Mukhim, Rosemary Dzuvichu

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Summary:
Studying women’s work and energy use through field studies in Khasi communities in Meghalaya and Angami communities in Nagaland, the links between energy use and women’s work and leisure are explored. It is found that the choice of energy source is closely linked with women’s participation in the management of energy resources, their opportunities to earn incomes, and their ability to negotiate the cultural and social norms of their communities. Energy planning cannot stop with the provision of household access to electricity or liquefied petroleum gas. A new deal for women in the energy sector is delineated, which relates to overcoming sociocultural limits and increasing the opportunity cost of women’s labour and their right to assets. (Summary from Economic & Political Weekly)

Topics: Gender, Women, Households, Infrastructure, Energy, Rights Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: India

Year: 2017

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