Gender, Pastoralism and Intensification: Changing Environmental Resource Use in Morocco


Steinmann, Susanne H. 1998. "Gender, Pastoralism and Intensification: Changing Environmental Resource Use in Morocco." Yale Forestry and Environment Bulletin (103): 81-107.

Author: Susanne H. Steinmann


Through a study of the sedentarization of the Beni Guil pastoral nomads of eastern Morocco, this paper examines how gender interacts with environmental and socio-economic change. Based on extensive fieldwork with the Beni Guil, this paper demonstrates how gendered resource exploitation–in particular, the collection of mushrooms, medicinal plants, and fuelwood–is recast through sedentarization, urbanization, and commercialization. The case of the Beni Guil suggests that certain accepted theories of the consequences of settlement for nomad women and their local environments should be re-examined in order to understand better the past and present, and to plan for the future.

Topics: Education, Environment, Gender, Women Regions: Africa, MENA, North Africa Countries: Morocco

Year: 1998

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