Gender perspective on the social networks of household heads and community leaders after involuntary resettlement

Translated title of the contribution: Una perspectiva de género sobre las redes sociales de lxs jefxs de hogar y lxs líderes comunitarixs luego de la reubicación involuntaria

Melissa Quetulio-Navarra*, Anja Znidarsic, Anke Niehof

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The study of social network analysis in Indonesia and the Philippines reveals that after a certain period in a new community and living among involuntarily resettled strangers, household heads and community leaders will eventually replace their disrupted previous networks with new network ties. The paper likewise demonstrates how gender moulds social network features at the levels of the Indonesian household heads and Philippine community organization after involuntary resettlement. Existing gendered context in two settings like the Indonesian woman’s role as primary caretaker of the household and the absence of a consolidated patriarchal system in the Philippines is shown to have reinforced gender (dis)advantages. As reflected in the two settings, those who have the biggest networks are also the brokers or the influential actors who can control and have an advantage in accessing social capital. Further, basing on the two cases, we identify the gender norm of the centrality of women’s role as homemaker and caregiver in addition to other roles as a similar explanation for the bigger proportions of friends in the networks of women as compared to men. Unless outside interventions reconfigure the natural trajectory of the social networks, gender equality in terms of leadership, decision-making and access to suitable programs and projects as well as to the relevant authorities, remains problematic.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)225-246
JournalGender, Place & Culture : a Journal of Feminist Geography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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