Is Playing with Water Playing with Fire? An Ethnographic Study of Gendered Recreational Water use in Trinidad in an Age of “Scarcity” and Privatization

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Fall 2006

Project Description/Abstract

I propose ethnographic study of four communities in Trinidad (Mt. D’Or, Toco, Jones Village and Caura) May-June 2007, 1) to examine gender ideologies as a key component in the decisions, practices, values and meanings associated with recreational water use; 2) to employ this data in an exploration of the nexus among local, national, and international water discourses around the notions of scarcity an privatization; and 3) to elaborate on the importance of ethnographic research in developing effective national water policy. The study builds on preliminary ethnographic research I conducted in 2005, in association with the Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) at the University of West Indies (UWI). As such it simultaneously represents one ethnographic component of a larger CGDS project aimed at transforming water policies of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and my own scholarly interests in studying the gender systems of the Anglophone Caribbean.

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