The Gender of Successful Development: Women's Words and Dairying Work in Gujarat, India

By Pratyusha Basu.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper will analyze the role of women's participation in the production of successful dairy development in Anand district, Gujarat, India.

Keywords: Women's Participation, Gender, Development, Dairying, India

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.838MB).

Dr. Pratyusha Basu

Pratyusha Basu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. She obtained her Ph.D. in Geography in 2003 from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA. Her research is located at the intersections of rural, environmental, and gender issues in India. In her dissertation, she sought to understand the success of India’s cooperative dairying program from the perspective of village-level participants in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The use of a comparative framework and ethnographic field methods enabled an understanding of the role of place in the construction of local meanings of dairy development, as well as the divergence of such local meanings from official representations of ‘success’ and ‘failure.’ This research was supported by funding from the Social Science Research Council and the National Science Foundation in 2000-2001. She has also worked with the Narmada Bachao Andolan, an anti-dam social movement in India, and in this context is especially interested in how the movement combines transnational environmentalism and national agrarian politics in order to build broad-based support. Currently she is extending her interests in rural development by studying the role of information technology in agricultural livelihoods, and this research was partly supported in 2005 by an Anne U. White Award from The Association of American Geographers.

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