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date: 07 October 2022

Queering “Gender and Disaster” for Inclusive Disaster Risk Reductionlocked

Queering “Gender and Disaster” for Inclusive Disaster Risk Reductionlocked

  • Louise Baumann, Louise BaumannSchool of Environment, Waipapa Taumata Rau, The University of Auckland
  • Aditi SharanAditi SharanSchool of Environment, Waipapa Taumata Rau, The University of Auckland,
  •  and JC GaillardJC GaillardSchool of Environment, Waipapa Taumata Rau, The University of Auckland and Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University

Summary

In disaster studies, the “gender question” has so far been mainly addressed through the conceptual Western binary sex/gender alignment. This results in excluding from the conversation a large part of the population: those who live and present themselves in gender roles that do not match the one assigned to them at birth, do not experience gender in a way that is exactly male or female, or sometimes even reject the simple existence of what we call “gender.” Trans, nonbinary, queer, and other nonconforming gender identities’ experience of disasters remains therefore largely excluded from broader gender and disaster literature, policy, and practice. Yet, by endorsing the Western binary sex/gender alignment, gender and disaster scholars and practitioners not only risk reproducing the same oppressive discourses they intend to dismantle but also might miss the opportunity to advance their objective of implementing effective and inclusive disaster risk reduction policies and practices.

Subjects

  • Gender Issues

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