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Book chapter - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Re-Negotiating Rural Masculinities as Vulnerability: Cattle Ranchers in Climate Change Affected Rural Nicaragua

Gonda, Noemi

Abstract

Patriarchy hurts the environment and men as well, and this is increasingly so under the effects of climate change in rural areas of the Global South. However, the climate justice debate is still not giving enough attention to the reasons why men keep performing masculinities that are harmful for the environment. The possibilities for ecological masculinities—i.e. masculinities that would go hand-in-hand with climate change adaptation—to emerge in such communities and subcultures during these times of climate change are underway. Based on ethnographic research in Nicaragua, one of the most climate change affected countries in the world, I discuss the making and performances of the hegemonic masculinities of cattle ranchers and how they are affected by climate change in general and deforestation in particular. I argue for a reconceptualisation of masculinities as vulnerability to open up the conceptual possibilities for ecological masculinities to emerge.

Keywords

climate change; adaptation; vulnerability; frontier masculinities; hegemonic masculinities; patriarchy; ecological masculinities; cattle ranching; climate justice; gender; Nicaragua

Published in

Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
2021, pages: 289-307
Title: Men, Masculinities, and Earth
ISBN: 978-3-030-54485-0, eISBN: 978-3-030-54486-7
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Gender Studies

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54486-7_13

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/115303