Gender, Roads, and Mobility in Asia
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, and the connections between mobility and livelihood are extremely dynamic. The complex interplay of factors makes these connections 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 is a collection of case-based research in developing countries exploring the inter-relations between gender, poverty and mobility, especially in the context of transportation development. It brings together stories from different points of transformation; 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, undergraduates, postgraduates, and academics in the areas of gender and development studies and transportation planning and management.