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Rewilding, gender and the transformation of the Côa Valley

Bartolini, Nadia; Carvalho, Bárbara; May, Sarah; (2024) Rewilding, gender and the transformation of the Côa Valley. Area 10.1111/area.12929. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This paper focuses on women's agency through their responses to a rewilding initiative. To do this, we draw on ethnographic research conducted in a rewilding landscape in the Côa Valley in Portugal. Our initial encounters in the rewilding field were all with male workers. This led us to actively seek out women's experiences, who were mainly located on the margins of rewilding. We believe these experiences cast rewilding—and its effects on rural communities—in a new light. We discuss three women's differing relationships with a rewilding initiative: Beatriz who sold land to rewilding and purchased other productive land for her son; Diana and Matilda who are running businesses alongside raising young families and envisioning futures. Their experiences highlight not only how they have developed alternative means to ensure the reproduction of the family, but also how rewilding is more than nature. We conclude that listening to voices less heard enables a better understanding of how rewilding affects people's lives and their differential access to resources.

Type: Article
Title: Rewilding, gender and the transformation of the Côa Valley
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/area.12929
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12929
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third-party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Côa Valley, ethnography, gender, rewilding, rural, women
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10188526
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