Transforming communicative spaces: the rhythm of gender in meetings in rural Solomon Islands

Author(s): Dyer, M.
In: Ecology and Society 23(1):17.https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09866-230117
Year: 2018
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Stewardship
Full reference: Dyer, M. 2018. Transforming communicative spaces: the rhythm of gender in meetings in rural Solomon Islands. Ecology and Society 23(1):17.https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09866-230117

Summary

 Women’s lack of participation in important decision making is noted as an obstacle to sustainable development in many parts of the world. An initial issue for gender equity in environmental decision making in many developing country contexts is not only women’s inclusion but also their substantive participation in decision-making forums. In this article I examine the power structures embedded in the public communicative spaces in a village in the Western Province of Solomon Islands using empirical data in conjunction with ethnographic understanding of gendered meeting styles. The data reveal some reasons why women may be silenced as public political actors. It also raises the potential for development actors to create conceptual space for specific women’s ways of meeting and validating women’s meeting styles. These findings have implications for encouraging transformative communicative spaces and formats that allow transcendence of socially embedded power structures.

Share

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
SE-10691
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70
info@stockholmresilience.su.se

Organisation number: 202100-3062
VAT No: SE202100306201