Locations of Resistance and Agency: The Actionable Space of Indian Women’s Connection to the Outdoors

  • Vinathe Sharma-Brymer
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


Indian women’s connection to the outdoors is a multilayered location, contesting unequal gender relations, power, and control. Their resistance to those practices with agency is their actionable space. Experiencing denial, conflict and dilemma, they are proving to be relatively capable as change agents, demonstrating the connection between land and women. Several intersecting points are interwoven with women’s personal and political life, reflecting their individual relationship with the outdoors—their land-based practices as peasants fighting for their basic survival, as women challenging gender inequalities to access the outdoors, and as leaders of outdoor learning. As actionable women, they are changing the notion of women’s ways of living the land connection and the perception of “women being outdoors” scenario.


Indian women Outdoors Land Agency Capabilities Actionable space 


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  • Vinathe Sharma-Brymer
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  1. 1.ActionAble Living TrustBrisbaneAustralia

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