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Simon Fraser University (1995)

Reclaiming the Bhal : women and the politics of water in rural Gujara

Gaddam, Jyothi

Titre : Reclaiming the Bhal : women and the politics of water in rural Gujara

Auteur : Gaddam, Jyothi

Université de soutenance : Simon Fraser University,

Grade : (M.A.) 1995

Résumé
This thesis examines how a network of women’s groups in the coastal villages of the "Bhal", a drought-prone region in the province of Gujarat in North-western India, are mobilising to secure and sustain the natural, material and social conditions necessary for the survival of their communities. In particular this thesis highlights the struggles around drinking water. The efforts of the women’s groups are situated in the larger context of the political economy of water where the demands of capitalist agriculture, industrialisation and urban needs dominate and supersede the needs of people, particularly the rural poor, for drinking water. Drawing on contemporary variations for four related theoretical perspectives : ecological Marxist, ecofeminist, Marxist-Feminist and Gandhian perspectives, this thesis explores the relations between women, water, wealth and power and places the collective action of the women’s groups in the Bhal within the larger context of the politics of water. Ethnographic research for a period of three months in the villages of the Bhal forms the basis for this thesis. The field work also included travel along the Ingoli pipeline which is the chief source of water supply to the region and a trip to the Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) dam

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