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Gender, Roads, and Mobility in Asia

Edited By Kyoko Kusakabe
ISBN: 9781853397349
This book explores the inter-relations between gender, poverty, and mobility, especially in the context of transportation development. It brings together stories in a nuanced picture of how people’s own positions and capabilities – gender, age, ethnicity, literacy, and education – influence their lives.

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  • Synopsis
    Poor roads and transport infrastructure are key factors in the marginalization of women and other disempowered groups, but there is little understanding of the many ways in which a lack of mobility affects people’s lives. In South-east Asia, huge strides are being made in highway development and regional economic integration. The complex interplay of factors makes the connections discovered both interesting and challenging for study. Do roads necessarily bring economic opportunities and prosperity? How does the possible change in mobility transform the lives of women and marginalized groups? How does the differential impact of these changes on people depend on geographical, social, and historical factors and people’s own capacities to make optimum use of the new resource? Gender, Roads, and Mobility in Asia brings together stories from different points of transformation and what emerges is a nuanced picture of how people’s own positions and capabilities – gender, age, ethnicity, literacy, and education – influence the impact of the infrastructure development on their lives.This book should be read by policy makers, transportation planners, development practitioners and researchers.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Acknowledgements)
    1. Introduction: Gender, roads, and mobility in Asia
    Kyoko Kusakabe
    PART ONE: Connecting Asia: Explosive growth in infrastructure
    2. International road transport in GMS
    Madan B. Regmi and Shinya Hanaoka
    3. Influence of transportation infrastructure development on freight traffic flow patterns in GMS
    Takafumi Iwata, Hironori Kato and Ryuichi Shibasaki
    4. Rural–urban–global linkages, economic integration, and development
    H. Detlef Kammeier
    5. The influence of highways on economic development of medium- and small-sized cities in China
    Shinya Hanaoka and Ba Tianxing
    PART TWO: Gendered impact of transport development
    6. Gender, mobility, and road construction in GMS
    Kyoko Kusakabe
    7. Gendered impacts of road infrastructure development along the Kunming–Bangkok highway
    Wang Yunxian and Zhao Qun
    8. Effects of infrastructure development on trade and gender relations: A study at Lao Bao border, Vietnam
    Nguyen Thi Diem Hang, Nguyen Thi Phuong Hien, Trinh Thi Bich Thuy, Vu Thi Hoang Yen and Vo Thi Quynh Truc
    9. Gender analysis of changes in livelihoods at the border: A case study of Houayxai, Lao PDR
    Saykham Thammanosouth, Viengnam Douangphachanh and Lamphoun Khounphakdy
    10. Impact of cross-border road construction on the livelihoods of women and men in Kyaing Tong– Tachilek, Myanmar
    Win Myo Thu
    11. Cross-border trading experiences before and after the construction of the second Lao–Thai Friendship Bridge
    Nittana Southiseng and John Walsh
    12. Negotiating the trade route at the border: A case study of women small-scale cross-border traders in Myitkyina, Myanmar
    Khin Hnin Phyu
    13. Gendered patterns of urban commuting with better connectivity in Jakarta megapolitan area
    Sri Hartinin Rachmod, Ardi Adji and Dendi Handiyatmo
    14. Gendered mobility of working couples: A case of Soi Sukhumvit 22
    Wijitbusaba Ann Marome
    PART THREE: Planning gendered interventions in road development
    15. Role of transport infrastructure in changing gender relations in rural Sri Lanka
    Upali Pannilage
    16. Participatory road construction and poverty reduction in Nepal
    Jun Hada
    17. Road connectivity and its impact on women’s poverty in Nepal
    Bandana Sharma
    18. Construction of village roads by villagers: Creating jobs forwomen and men in Sunamganj, Bangladesh
    Sk. Md. Mohsin, Edward Mallorie and Michael A. Roy
    19. Road improvement in Cambodia: Livelihood, education, health, and empowerment
    John Pilgrim and Ngin Chanrith
    20. Mobility and accessibility to health services in rural Nepal
    Binjwala Shrestha
    21. Conclusion: Studying gender relations in a mobile world
    Kyoko Kusakabe
    Back Matter (Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘Finally, a book that does not compromise the complexity of mobility in a transport context. Drawing on mobility as capability, Gender, Roads, and Mobility in Asia brings a variety of much-needed Asian voices to the growing discourse of mobility and social justice, underscoring how the free movement of some is often guaranteed by the immobility of others..’ David O. Kronlid is Docent of Ethics and Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden

    ‘Explosive growth in infrastructure across Asia has implications which extend far beyond transport logistics. This book should be of considerable interest to development planners and regional specialists across a range of disciplines.’ Gina Porter, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK

    ‘This book successfully demonstrates the need to support women’s capability as part of the core objectives of transport development.’ Sonomi Tanaka, Principal Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), Asian Development Bank
  • Details
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    Editor Kyoko Kusakabe
    Number of Pages 240
    Format Paperback / softback