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Investigating the Conceptual Plurality of Empowerment through Community Concept Drawing: Case Studies from Senegal, Kenya, and Nepal

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06268, USA
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Department of Environmentaland Global Health, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Academic Editors: Pratyusha Basu and Alessandra Galiè
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3166; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063166
Received: 1 January 2021 / Revised: 6 March 2021 / Accepted: 8 March 2021 / Published: 13 March 2021
Women’s empowerment is a driving concept in gender and development scholarship. This scholarship often engages quantitative indices of evaluation that are unable to account for culturally specific meaning and nuance that shape local understandings of empowerment. Recent efforts within the field of international development are attempting to create methodological mechanisms for capturing this nuance. This study employs one such method, Community Concept Drawing (CCD), in rural villages within Kenya, Senegal, and Nepal. Findings indicate significant differences between the field sites in the local conceptualization of empowerment. Cross-examination of site-specific data yields an understanding of how cultural norms and values shape local perceptions of empowerment in ways that are critical for research that engages gendered understandings. Furthermore, such analysis is critical to a more accurate understanding of the locally specific context of gender inequity. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender and development; gender and division of labor; women’s empowerment; gender inequalities; Kenya; Senegal; Nepal gender and development; gender and division of labor; women’s empowerment; gender inequalities; Kenya; Senegal; Nepal
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McOmber, C.; McNamara, K.; Ryley, T.d.; McKune, S.L. Investigating the Conceptual Plurality of Empowerment through Community Concept Drawing: Case Studies from Senegal, Kenya, and Nepal. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3166. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063166

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McOmber C, McNamara K, Ryley Td, McKune SL. Investigating the Conceptual Plurality of Empowerment through Community Concept Drawing: Case Studies from Senegal, Kenya, and Nepal. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3166. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063166

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McOmber, Chesney, Katharine McNamara, Therese d. Ryley, and Sarah L. McKune. 2021. "Investigating the Conceptual Plurality of Empowerment through Community Concept Drawing: Case Studies from Senegal, Kenya, and Nepal" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3166. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063166

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