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Ecotourism and its impacts on gender relations in rural Botswana

10 October 2014
12:30 - 13:30


Speaker: Claudia Hirtenfelder, Sustainable Development Programme, AISA, HSRC

Date:  Thursday, 10 October     Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban


The Botswana’s 2002 National Ecotourism Strategy (NES) notes that tourism can have both positive and negative social impacts including changes to family structure. It explicitly states that ecotourism will create new opportunities for women but may result in anxiety for men. This despite little to no research being conducted on the matter. So if tourism influences gender relations the question then becomes how.  Using Acker’s inequality regime and Gluckmann’s Total Social Organisation of Labour  I was able to get a partial understanding of how Meno A Kwena (an ‘eco’ camp in Botswana) operates on the basis of inequalities which exist within a complex arrangement of labour (both paid and unpaid) which are deeply related to familial relations.
Claudia Hirtenfelder is a researcher within AISA-HSRC and is currently completing an MA in Tourism at UJ and formerly completed an MSc in the Social Studies of Gender at Lund. Her primary research interests are gender, identity, and the normalisation of labour. Claudia was previously a lecturer at UJ and has done work for Consultancy Africa Intelligence and the Nordic Africa Institute.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

RSVP by 9 October
Cape Town: Ray Adams (021) 466 7936,  12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria
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