This book focuses on the gendered experiences of environmental change across different geographies and social contexts in South Asia and on diverse strategies of adapting to climate variability.

The book analyzes how changes in rainfall patterns, floods, droughts, heatwaves and landslides affect those who are directly dependent on the agrarian economy. It examines the socio-economic pressures, including the increase in women’s work burdens both in production and reproduction on gender relations. It also examines coping mechanisms such as male migration and the formation of women’s collectives which create space for agency and change in rigid social relations. The volume looks at perspectives from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to present the nuances of gender relations across borders along with similarities and differences across geographical,socio-cultural and policy contexts.

This book will be of interest to researchers and students of sociology, development, gender, economics, environmental studies and South Asian studies. It will also be useful for policymakers, NGOs and think tanks working in the areas of gender, climate change and development.

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part I|108 pages


chapter 2|19 pages

Vulnerabilities of rural women to climate extremes

A case of semi-arid districts in Pakistan
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chapter 3|20 pages

Gendered vulnerabilities in Diaras

Struggles with floods in the Gandak river basin in Bihar, India
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chapter 4|27 pages

Of borewells and bicycles1

The gendered nature of water access in Karnataka, South India and its implications for local vulnerability
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chapter 6|19 pages

Climate change, gendered vulnerabilities and resilience in high mountain communities

The case of Upper Rasuwa in Gandaki River Basin, Hindu Kush Himalayas
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part II|111 pages

Adaptation and Wellbeing

chapter 7|25 pages

Wells and well-being in South India1

Gender dimensions of groundwater dependence
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chapter 10|25 pages

Gender dynamics and climate variability

Mapping the linkages in the Upper Ganga Basin in Uttarakhand, India
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