Wells and Well-being in South India: Gender dimensions of groundwater dependence

Solomon, Divya Susan and Rao, Nitya (2018) Wells and Well-being in South India: Gender dimensions of groundwater dependence. Economic and Political Weekly, 53 (17). pp. 38-45. ISSN 0012-9976

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Groundwater has played a pivotal role in transforming the rural agrarian landscape, augmenting rural livelihoods and improving household wellbeing. Through our research, we attempt to understand how the growing prevalence and importance of groundwater has impacted intra household relations, in particular the gendered divisions of labour, and use of assets. Further, we explore the impacts of failed borewells on gendered vulnerabilities, identities and wellbeing. Our research indicates that groundwater usage in semi-arid regions has increased the short-term resilience of communities in the region, but simultaneously increased gendered risks, especially for small-holders, by promoting unsustainable livelihood trends and risky coping strategies to groundwater shortages.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 01:18
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66815

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