Environmental citizenship, gender, and the emergence of a new conservation politics

Fischer, H W and Chhatre, A (2013) Environmental citizenship, gender, and the emergence of a new conservation politics. Geoforum, 50. 10 - 19.

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Abstract

Vibrant protests against restrictions imposed by the Dhauladhar Wildlife Sanctuary (DWLS) in Himachal Pradesh, India have galvanized area residents to protect local forests. In this paper, we examine how local opposition has become entangled with environmental values and practice, culminating in the decision of a women’s group to embark on a local management system for forests inside the sanctuary. We use this case to highlight two key themes that will likely transform the practice of conservation in the coming years. First, greater enfranchisement of marginal groups, especially women, within democratic politics will activate new channels to agitate against restrictive conservation regimes and, in some instances, may engender space to envision more democratic forms of resource management. Second, the increasing valence of environmental values within society is generating new forms of environmental awareness among resource users. Together, these two factors will give rise to a new conservation politics through the production and performance of environmental citizenship. In the case of DWLS, political action against restrictive conservation has harnessed local agency toward a collective decision to protect and manage forest resources.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Chhatre, A
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5374-7867
Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The research paper was published by the author with the affiliation of University of Illinois.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Protected areas, Citizenship, Gender, Conservation politics, Environmental values, Common pool resource management, Feminist environmentalism, Feminist political ecology
Subjects: Economics
Socio Political System
Depositing User: Ilayaraja M
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 17:44
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 12:49
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/967
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.07.006
Publisher OA policy: http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0016-7185/
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