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Development-induced displacement and women: the case of the Tehri dam, India

Bisht, Tulsi Charan (2009) Development-induced displacement and women: the case of the Tehri dam, India. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 10 (4). pp. 301-317. ISSN 1444-2213 (print) 1740-9314 (online)

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Abstract

Large-scale development projects often result in massive displacement of population. Based on an ethnographic study of the people displaced by the Tehri dam in India, the present paper examines the impact of displacement on women and demonstrates that their experiences of displacement and resettlement are qualitatively different from those of men. Displacement not only results in physical dislocation, but also in women's disempowerment. Resettlement policies and programmes, in the Indian context, have largely remained gender biased and fail to take into account the differential experiences of women, making resettlement a difficult process for them. I argue for a better understanding of women's experiences of development-induced dislocation and a subsequent refocusing of policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22571. dams, reservoirs, everyday life, rural women, India, ethnography, gender bias, labour, work, economic development, rural development
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 04:56
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 04:56
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7825
DOI: 10.1080/14442210903271312
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