Positive responses, uneven experiences: intersections of gender, ethnicity, and location in post-tsunami Sri Lanka,

Author:

Perera-Mubarak, K. N

Editor:

First

Date:

2013

Region:

South Asia

Theme:

Gender and Tsunamis

Language:

English

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis Group

Full Harvard Reference:

Perera-Mubarak, K. N. (2013) Positive responses, uneven experiences: intersections of gender, ethnicity, and location in post-tsunami Sri Lanka, Gender, Place & Culture, Vol. 20(5): 664-685.

This article examines the role of women in post-tsunami livelihood in Sri Lanka, and argues that location and ethnicity impact on the ability of actors to respond to disasters. The author shows that despite pre-existing gendered and racial inequalities, the tsunami created new patterns of cultural practices, thus challenging the simplistic representation of women as ‘victims’. She identifies 4 recovery strategies implemented by women: mobilizing kin networks, care work, economic activity and participating in Community Based Organisation (CBO) meetings.