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Gender in discourse and practice – A case study of gender productive systems in Ostúa-Güija watershed, Guatemala

Emanuelsson, Carina LU (2011) HEKM10 20111
Human Ecology
Abstract
By challenging conventional categories in research that frequently make invisible important actors and actions in the society, this case study about rural territorial dynamics highlights ways in which people’s different roles are crucial for the societies’ various functions, productive or reproductive, and for their sustainability. This is done through the consideration of gender as a system that influences the outcome of every social interaction –in a limiting or facilitating manner. In this case study of the territory Ostúa-Güija watershed in southeast Guatemala, I analyzed how local and global gender systems interact in shaping society both socially and physically through differential access and use of capitals within agriculture,... (More)
By challenging conventional categories in research that frequently make invisible important actors and actions in the society, this case study about rural territorial dynamics highlights ways in which people’s different roles are crucial for the societies’ various functions, productive or reproductive, and for their sustainability. This is done through the consideration of gender as a system that influences the outcome of every social interaction –in a limiting or facilitating manner. In this case study of the territory Ostúa-Güija watershed in southeast Guatemala, I analyzed how local and global gender systems interact in shaping society both socially and physically through differential access and use of capitals within agriculture, commerce, migration and the domestic sphere.

Findings of the investigation using gender-sensitive tools and analysis of both discourse and practice brings to light gender specific aspects of historical dynamics in the territory. This thesis provides evidence that preconceived ideas and assumptions about gender structures within conventional research are making invisible many actors and their roles in society. Additionally the findings show key ways in which the gender system is influenced by and influencing in the roles and lives of women and men and their natural environment. (Less)
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author
Emanuelsson, Carina LU
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course
HEKM10 20111
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Gender, Development, Territory, Discourse, Practice, Agriculture, Guatemala
language
English
id
1961641
date added to LUP
2011-09-07 15:00:06
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  abstract     = {By challenging conventional categories in research that frequently make invisible important actors and actions in the society, this case study about rural territorial dynamics highlights ways in which people’s different roles are crucial for the societies’ various functions, productive or reproductive, and for their sustainability. This is done through the consideration of gender as a system that influences the outcome of every social interaction –in a limiting or facilitating manner. In this case study of the territory Ostúa-Güija watershed in southeast Guatemala, I analyzed how local and global gender systems interact in shaping society both socially and physically through differential access and use of capitals within agriculture, commerce, migration and the domestic sphere. 

Findings of the investigation using gender-sensitive tools and analysis of both discourse and practice brings to light gender specific aspects of historical dynamics in the territory. This thesis provides evidence that preconceived ideas and assumptions about gender structures within conventional research are making invisible many actors and their roles in society. Additionally the findings show key ways in which the gender system is influenced by and influencing in the roles and lives of women and men and their natural environment.},
  author       = {Emanuelsson, Carina},
  keyword      = {Gender,Development,Territory,Discourse,Practice,Agriculture,Guatemala},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Gender in discourse and practice – A case study of gender productive systems in Ostúa-Güija watershed, Guatemala},
  year         = {2011},
}