Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"We Get Nothing": An Ethnography of Participatory Development and Gender Mainstreaming in a Water Project for the Bhil of Central India
by Tandon, Indrakshi, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2019, 310; 13885664
Abstract (Summary)

Through the close examination of a state-sponsored watershed project being implemented by Association for Integrated Social Development (AISD) in the district of Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, this dissertation project explores how current development approaches in water projects impact its intended targets, in this case the Bhil tribal community. A key aspect of this research is to analyze in detail how development narratives such as participatory or bottom-up approaches and gender mainstreaming often result in unintended consequences. With a focus on the gendered nature of participatory policies, I argue that popular development practices in India often lead to governing and managing target populations, rather than the purported objectives of poverty-alleviation and women’s empowerment. Far from providing solutions to development problems, these practices leave behind unintended consequences that in certain cases produce very gendered resonances, especially in projects targeting women.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Andaya, Elise
Commitee: Burrell, Jennifer, Jarvenpa, Robert
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, South Asian Studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Development, Gender, India, NGOs, Scheduled tribes, Watershed project
Publication Number: 13885664
ISBN: 978-1-392-17967-3
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