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Defining processes of gender restructuring: a Case study of the displaced tribal agricultural communities of north east India

Dutta, Bitopi (2020) Defining processes of gender restructuring: a Case study of the displaced tribal agricultural communities of north east India. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

The primary question of this research is ‘How does Development Induced Displacement (DID) restructure gendered relationship in tribal matrilineal societies?’ The context of the research is Meghalaya in North East India, which has a dominant tribal population with a matrilineal culture and is frequently cited as a relatively gender equal society. Existing literature has argued that due to displacement induced by the introduction of coal mining in the region, the tribal indigenous women in Meghalaya have lost their traditional status. This study, however, moves beyond the observed impact of the displacement induced by coal mining on indigenous tribal women in Meghalaya and analyses ‘what’ are the processes that work in restructuring gendered relations and ‘how’ do they operate to produce this transformation. DID in this sense will be understood not only as physical displacement, but also as social and cultural displacement. While the impact of DID on tribal and other subaltern groups has been researched, the role of displacement in reordering gender relations has not yet been sufficiently studied. This research conducts a gender analysis of DID in the tribal indigenous society of Meghalaya where DID induced by mining has been ongoing for the last 30-40 years.
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:November 2020
Supervisor(s):Connolly, Eileen
Uncontrolled Keywords:India Development induced displacement
Subjects:Social Sciences > Gender
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Irish Research Council
ID Code:25040
Deposited On:03 Dec 2020 18:33 by Eileen Connolly . Last Modified 03 Dec 2020 18:33

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