Extractive industries as sites of supernormal profits and supernormal patriarchy?

Bradshaw, Sarah and Linneker, Brian and Overton, Lisa (2017) Extractive industries as sites of supernormal profits and supernormal patriarchy? Gender & Development, 25 (3). pp. 439-454. ISSN 1355-2074

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Abstract

This article considers how patriarchal power relations between men and women are produced and reproduced within extractive industries, and examines the idea that the ‘supernormal profits’ to be made there encourage the development of ‘supernormal patriarchy’. By looking at the sites where extraction takes place and relationships between men and women within these sites, we show the extreme and exaggerated gender roles and relations that are found here. We nuance this account by highlighting the need to recognise that patriarchal power is not felt equally by all women and men. Exploring the different roles women adopt in the extractives context we demonstrate the fluidity of women’s identities as workers, ‘whores’, and wives with a focus on transactional sex. The article demonstrates the importance of not seeing women merely as victims of patriarchal relations, or making assumptions about how these relations operate, or the form they take. Better understanding of the range of gender roles adopted in the extractives and the supernormal patriarchal relations that produce and reproduce these is needed by policymakers. This will enable them to promote gender equality and natural resource justice, as part of an agenda to redistribute wealth gains from natural resource extraction.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
Item ID: 23143
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Gender & Development on 1 November 2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/13552074.2017.1379780
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Depositing User: Jennifer Basford
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2017 12:35
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 04:45
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/23143

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