Megadams and their Health Effects on Women

By John M. Polimeni, Ray Chandrasekara and Raluca Iorgulescu.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This paper will provide examples of how women are negatively affected from dam projects in India, China, and Africa. As Colson stated, “When people are uprooted because their land is wanted for economic reasons usually associated with visions of national development, their multiple identities tend to disappear: they become engendered, uprooted, and are dealt with as undifferentiated families or households” (1999, p. 25). Therefore the examination of the health impacts on women from dams must go beyond just the economic affects. “Probably no other group is more affected by environmental destruction than poor village women. Every dawn brings with it the long march in search of fuel, fodder and water … As ecological conditions worsen, the long march becomes even longer and more tiresome” (van der Gaag, 2004). Building upon this statement, in this paper we will examine the social, environmental, economic, and cultural impacts on the health of rural women from the construction of megadams.

Keywords: Megadams, Gender Inequality, Social and Cultural Change, Ecosystem Destruction

Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 588.448KB).

Dr. John M. Polimeni

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Albany, New York, USA

John M. Polimeni (Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Albany College of Pharmacy. He has a B.S. degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.A. degree in Economics from SUNY at Albany, where he also received a Certificate in Graduate Studies in Regulatory Economics. Dr. Polimeni is the managing editor of the International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research, an international journal devoted to integrating the study of economics with disciplines within the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities. Dr. Polimeni is a Fellow Member of the International Congress of Chemistry and Environment and has been named an Honorary Member of the Scientific Council of the Romanian National Academy of Science. His primary research interests are energy efficiency, economic development, agriculture, and sustainability. Dr. Polimeni has published several articles in these fields.

Ray Chandrasekara

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Arts and Sciences, Albany, New York, USA

Interests in literature, political science, history and culture of Asian societies, particularly Southeast Asia, India and Japan. Currently an assistant professor of Asian Studies in Albany College, New York.

Raluca Iorgulescu

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Loudonville, New York, USA

Raluca Iorgulescu is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Siena College in New York State, USA. She received her B.S. in Physics from Bucharest University, Romania and her Ph.D. in Ecological Economics from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. She is associate researcher at the Romanian Institute for Economic Forecasting. She has published several papers on her Nigeria research, on community supported agriculture, on Jevons’ Paradox,and in the field of welfare economics. Her research interests are in the fields of Ecological Economics, Economic and Sustainable Development, Welfare Economics, and Transitional Economies. She works to link these areas of interest together by examining the relationship between sustainable development and local community involvement using the Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal Metabolism approach.


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