The Outburst

Climate Change, Gender Relations, and Situational Analysis

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  • 1 University of Copenhagen jonas.ostergaard.nielsen@hu-berlin.de
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Since the major Sahelian droughts and famines of the early 1970s and 1980s, international development and aid organizations have played a large role in the small village of Biidi 2, located in northern Burkina Faso. This article explores how a visit by a development 'expert' to the village can be analyzed as a social situation in which normal social control is suspended and negotiated. Focusing on gender relations, the analysis shows how the women of Biidi 2 involved in the event were relatively free to construct alternative definitions of their identity and social position vis-à-vis the men.

Social Analysis

The International Journal of Anthropology

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