Embodied Experiences of Climate Change: Gendered Perceptions and Differentiated Adaptations Among Rice Farmers in Tolima, Colombia

Authors: Akemi Inamoto*, Syracuse University
Topics: Gender, Latin America, Agricultural Geography
Keywords: Gender, climate change, agriculture, perceptions, adaptation, embodiment
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Galvez, , Marriott, 5th Floor
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Drawing from the qualitative field research methods of semi-structured individual and group interviews and participant observation, I analyze how gender systems impact perceptions of climate change and adaptations strategies in five rice farming communities in Tolima. The guiding research questions of this study are: In what ways do women and men participate in the production of rice in southern Tolima, Colombia? How do perceptions of and responses to climate change relate with gender identities and relations? What other sociocultural systems and differences may be relevant for perceptions? Results illustrate how the gender division of labor influences women and men’s perceptions of climate change, as these perceptions are developed and adapted through the farmers’ day to day activities.

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