Managing Assets and Vulnerability Contexts: Vistas of Gendered Livelihoods of Adivasi Women in South India

20 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2008

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Shoba Arun

Manchester Metropolitan University

Date Written: March 2008

Abstract

In general, indigenous livelihoods are often adversely incorporated within development processes and policies on account of their multiple disadvantages and discrimination. The paper argues that the ability to build on or manage livelihoods is largely gendered, often exacerbated through the nuanced working of socio-economic forces as women's experiences of poverty should be located and deconstructed within the configuration of local, political, social and economic forces. Despite notable state led development initiatives in Kerala, the multidimensionality of deprivation among different groups of poor and women within these communities is yet to be seriously considered. Only then, responsive measures can be developed, that will bear any significant difference and meaning to a historically neglected social group. Their social, economic and political participation is important to develop responsive and specific policies and institutions in lieu of those that are designed on the basis of preconceived notions of 'modernisation' and 'homogeneity' of indigenous livelihoods.

Keywords: Gender, Poverty, Tribal, Livelihoods, Kerala

Suggested Citation

Arun, Shoba, Managing Assets and Vulnerability Contexts: Vistas of Gendered Livelihoods of Adivasi Women in South India (March 2008). Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1265549 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1265549

Shoba Arun (Contact Author)

Manchester Metropolitan University ( email )

All Saints
Manchester, M15 6BH
United Kingdom

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