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Gendered effects of climate change on the villages on the upper Himalayan border region
This paper discusses the ethnographic material collected from the upper Himalayans vilalges with a mixed economy of subsistence agriculture, pastoral activities and trade. Over centuries the people here had adapted to the fragile ecosystem by a mixture of social, cultural and technological practices interwoven with eac other. Over the past couple of decades the effects of global warming are making their effects felt, affecting travel routes, agricultural practices and pastoralism,with consequent effects of social, cultural and economic life as well as affecting ritual practices and power fields. The effects are naturally gendered because of sexual division of labour and the differentiated relations that men and women have with the social and natural world. The stories are about both resilience and despair and indicate the ongoing battle that villagers are engaging in their struggle for survival in their region that they also consider their own landscape of belonging and sacredness.