Seema Arora-Jonsson: Gender, development and environmental governance—theorizing connections
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In taking on the task of theorizing connections, Arora-Jonsson faces the challenge of unraveling the threads that lead to assumptions like “gender equality and empowerment logically follow development and modernity and vice versa”(p. 29). The book explores the complexity and multiple layers of power relations in which men and women are involved, in two forest communities, one in India and the other in Sweden. Her analysis makes these relations visible using multiple theoretical perspectives but favoring analysis of discourse that goes beyond the word to encompass a broader set of expressions, including actions. Throughout the book, Arora-Jonsson moves between past and future looking for “guideposts and meaning”. Her method of analysis shifts from issue to process for understanding social arrangements, in many of which she has been part or has observed first hand. She shies away from commonplace definitions of social phenomena. For example, she questions a commonly used neutered...
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