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Michigan State University (1999)

Sedentarization and fuel collection in southeastern Morocco : An analysis of changing gender roles

Dunford, Beth Pennock

Titre : Sedentarization and fuel collection in southeastern Morocco : An analysis of changing gender roles

Auteur : Dunford, Beth Pennock

Université de soutenance : Michigan State University

Grade : Master of Arts (MA) 1999

Résumé
This research examines gender relations by focusing on women’s work in an environmentally degraded area in southeastern Morocco where the nomadic population has been sedentarizing. Evidence from the literature suggests that as land becomes overused and privatized, women often are left with no recourse other than walking further to gather the fuel with which to cook. The increased distance that women must walk to collect fuelwood for food preparation is assumed to have a negative impact on women’s standards of living ; however, the findings of this study indicate that not all women are adversely effected by environmental degradation. Furthermore, findings indicate that changes in fuel collection must be analyzed beyond the physical implications of the additional labor. Although technologies that ease the burden of fuel collection may increase material wealth and decrease physical labor, evidence from this research suggests that they can have negative effects on gender relations as women lose power over a once independent domain in their lives.

Mots clés : Social structure, Cultural anthropology, Social sciences, Womens studies

Présentation (PROQUEST)

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