Rural Masculinities in Tension: Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation in Nicaragua


Gonda, Noémi. 2017. “Rural Masculinities in Tension: Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation in Nicaragua.” RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society no. 4, 69–76.

Author: Noémi Gonda


In this article, I focus on the ways in which rural masculinities influence how a climate change adaptation project that prompts ranchers to become cocoa producers in rural Nicaragua is being received by its intended participants. My intention is to draw the attention of researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to the fact that masculinities matter when it comes to implementing climate change adaptation projects. I show that it is important to analyze the discursive and cultural constructions of hegemonic masculinities that shape the way climate change is addressed on the one hand, and how the “subjects” of climate change adaptation interventions sometimes reproduce hegemonic gender identities on the other.

Keywords: climate change adaptation, men, climate change, cocoa, cattle ranching, livestock farms, gender roles, pastures, hegemonic masculinity

Topics: Environment, Climate Change, Gender, Gender Roles, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Livelihoods Regions: Americas, Central America Countries: Nicaragua

Year: 2017

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