Establishing development orthodoxy: Negotiating masculinities in the water sector

Nina Laurie*

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    Despite important work in development studies on the 'male bias in the development process', it is generally recognized that gender and development analyses have been slow to engage with masculinities. Focusing attention on the nexus between identity and globalizing development discourses, this article explores the relationship between masculinities and development through an analysis of the gendering of water paradigms. By analysing the example of the recent Cochabamba water wars in Bolivia, and placing them in historical context, the author explores how gendered representations and language are used to downplay and upgrade particular understandings of modernity as they relate to water management, and examines the mechanisms through which specific gendered identities become associated with the most successful versions of 'modern' development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)527-549
    Number of pages23
    JournalDevelopment and Change
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2005


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