ABSTRACT

This chapter shows that it is masculine, in an essentialised, permanent sense. An intersectional analysis makes us understand that the social context and the specific dynamics of knowledge and power co-create and interlock multiple subjectivities that are not fixed but are changing and in constant relation. A defining feature of feminist political ecology is that it interrogates power around knowledge production and the positionality of the knower in a world divided in intersecting ways along lines of gender, class, social status, and age. Through social science research within International Potato Center and through his later membership of the Participatory Research and Gender Analysis Program, a cross-centre program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, he devoted time with agricultural research professionals to explore with them who 'the farmer' was. The acronym stands for Users' Perspectives with Agricultural Research and Development and it focused attention on the end-users of agricultural innovations, in other words farming communities and farming households.