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Establishing development orthodoxy: Negotiating masculinities in the water sector

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Nina Laurie


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Despite important work in development studies on the 'male bias in the development process', it is generally recognized that gender and development analyses have been slow to engage with masculinities. Focusing attention on the nexus between identity and globalizing development discourses, this article explores the relationship between masculinities and development through an analysis of the gendering of water paradigms. By analysing the example of the recent Cochabamba water wars in Bolivia, and placing them in historical context, the author explores how gendered representations and language are used to downplay and upgrade particular understandings of modernity as they relate to water management, and examines the mechanisms through which specific gendered identities become associated with the most successful versions of 'modern' development. © Institute of Social Studies 2005.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Laurie N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Development and Change

Year: 2005

Volume: 36

Issue: 3

Pages: 527-549

Print publication date: 01/05/2005

ISSN (print): 0012-155X

ISSN (electronic): 1467-7660


DOI: 10.1111/j.0012-155X.2005.00422.x


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