Towards Feminist Geographies of Livelihoods III: Migration and Intersectionality

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 33
Organizers: Jennifer Langill, Ann Oberhauser
Chairs: Jennifer Langill


Organizers: Jennifer Langill (McGill University) and Ann Oberhauser (Iowa State University)

Livelihoods approaches have proven valuable in driving human-centered analyses of poverty, development, and the means and agency with which people create their living. However, most livelihoods frameworks are unable to capture the gendered dimensions and constraints essential for understanding gendered economies, spatial contexts, divisions of labour, and power inequities. Gender and social difference shape all aspects of livelihoods, from available assets and activity choices to access and livelihood outcomes. In this AAG organized session, we aim to develop feminist geographies of livelihoods that foreground multiple and interacting forms of social difference, how they shape livelihoods at the individual and household levels, and how they relate to space and place.

Drawing on feminist approaches to livelihoods, this session seeks empirically rich analyses from a diverse array of Global South locations, spanning Asia, Africa, and Latin America. While highlighting the centrality of context-specificities in producing gendered livelihoods, this session aims to highlight key themes in current feminist livelihoods research, contribute to empirical and methodological knowledge bases of gendered livelihoods, and illustrate the ability of livelihoods approaches to move beyond structural frameworks and capture power, difference, and gender.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Claudia Radel*, Utah State University, Lindsey Carte, Universidad de la Frontera (Chile), Birgit Schmook, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Mexico), Richard Johnson, University of Arizona, Thinking through gender and intersectionality in campesino livelihoods in Guatemala and Nicaragua 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Kelsey Emard*, Oregon State University, A postcolonial intersectional reading of shifting livelihoods in Talamanca, Costa Rica 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Jennifer Langill*, McGill University, “But I have to get married!” An intersectional analysis of ethnic minority Hmong women-headed households and their livelihoods in Northern Thailand 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Cindy Fan*, UCLA, Chen Chen, Shanghai University, Left Behind? Migration Stories of Two Women in Rural China 15 5:25 PM
Presenter Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo*, SUNY Cortland, Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, State University of New York, College at Cortland, Urban Agriculture and Migration as Gendered African Livelihood Strategies in the Era of Neoliberal Globalization 15 5:40 PM

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