Understanding gender intersectionality for more robust ocean science

Axelrod, Mark and Vona, Meghan and Novak Colwell, Julia M and Kafayat, Fakoya and Shyam, S Salim and Webster, D G and Torre-Castro, Maricela de la (2022) Understanding gender intersectionality for more robust ocean science. Earth System Governance, 13. pp. 1-10.

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    The UN Decade of Ocean Science (UNDOS) aims to: “Generate knowledge, support innovation, and develop solutions for equitable and sustainable development of the ocean economy under changing environmental, social and climate conditions.” Changing conditions affect certain groups more than others, depending on exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. Gendered differentiation has been studied in small scale coastal fisheries. However, this approach is often limited to male-female gender dichotomies. In contrast, the present analysis takes a more expansive approach centered around the concept of intersectionality, to demonstrate more nuanced differences in terms of individuals’ access to resources for adaptation. We build on multiple Earth System Governance contextual conditions and research lenses to demonstrate that an intersectional approach allows greater understanding of gendered adaptation options impacted by various other factors. This must include investigations beyond the traditional gender binary, which we have sought to achieve in this study by using broader local and individualistic context to observe different communities. We compare gender intersectionality in case studies from India and Tanzania. The evidence demonstrates that intersectional factors vary, impacting adaptiveness to changing Anthropocene conditions, depending upon cross-cutting context-specific systems of hierarchy and discrimination. However, despite variation, we demonstrate there are common factors to be investigated across all locations when identifying possible intersectional impacts of ocean policy interventions, particularly wealth, marriage and family roles, and social networks.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender and fisheries; Marinefisheries;Intersectionality; Adaptation; Ocean science; Ocean governance
    Subjects: Oceanography
    Socio Economics and Extension
    Marine Fisheries
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2022 09:58
    Last Modified: 06 Jul 2022 09:58
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/16026

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