Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Gender Dynamics in Fracktured Communities: An Overview

Class

Article

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Peggy Petrzelka

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Only until recently has scholarly work started to look more closely at community disruption due to the natural resource extraction process of hydraulic fracturing. Qualitative methodologies have been at the forefront of understanding the physical, economic, and socio-psychological impacts on communities. However, as pointed out by a number of scholars, there needs to be further discussion into gender politics and fracking. This paper seeks to provide the reader with an overview of research done that considers gender in relation to hydraulic fracturing in the context of community disruption. The paper is divided into four areas. It first provides a brief background to understand the ways in which hydraulic fracturing impacts the lives of the host communities in terms of social relationships and daily life. The second section discusses the impact of fracking in gender dynamics and inequality – how gender is lived and re-defined by fracking. Furthermore, we consider gendered community responses to diverging voices that speak up against fracking. Finally, we propose avenues for future research that view gender as of pivotal importance in communities impacted by hydraulic fracturing. Understanding the gendered experiences of residents amidst the changes that are happening in the community help expand knowledge on the impact of hydraulic fracturing in social inequality and everyday practices.

Location

Room 154

Start Date

4-12-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

4-12-2018 11:45 AM

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Gender Dynamics in Fracktured Communities: An Overview

Room 154

Only until recently has scholarly work started to look more closely at community disruption due to the natural resource extraction process of hydraulic fracturing. Qualitative methodologies have been at the forefront of understanding the physical, economic, and socio-psychological impacts on communities. However, as pointed out by a number of scholars, there needs to be further discussion into gender politics and fracking. This paper seeks to provide the reader with an overview of research done that considers gender in relation to hydraulic fracturing in the context of community disruption. The paper is divided into four areas. It first provides a brief background to understand the ways in which hydraulic fracturing impacts the lives of the host communities in terms of social relationships and daily life. The second section discusses the impact of fracking in gender dynamics and inequality – how gender is lived and re-defined by fracking. Furthermore, we consider gendered community responses to diverging voices that speak up against fracking. Finally, we propose avenues for future research that view gender as of pivotal importance in communities impacted by hydraulic fracturing. Understanding the gendered experiences of residents amidst the changes that are happening in the community help expand knowledge on the impact of hydraulic fracturing in social inequality and everyday practices.