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

Dyer, Michelle (2018) Transforming communicative spaces: the rhythm of gender in meetings in rural Solomon Islands. Ecology and Society, 23 (1).

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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.

Item ID: 54197
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1708-3087
Keywords: development, gender, meetings, Solomon Islands, transformative communicative practice, women's empowerment
Copyright Information: Now publishing with Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 07:36
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 100%
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