This paper focuses on the impact to women engaged in agriculture specific to the construction of Sahiwal Coal Power Plant project in Qadirabad, Punjab, Pakistan. The power plant was developed in relation to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative. This plant was built on private [agricultural] lands. This study, relies on data collected via a field survey, judgmental sampling, and case study methods. Observations and data collected surface the changing occupational roles of women, who prior to the development of the coal plant had been employed primarily as agricultural workers. A noted adjustment of female labor to domestic service and tailoring surface not only the occupational impact of the development of the coal powered plant, but also the relationship between the plant’s construction and occupational opportunity, life style, status, and social power dynamics as it relates to women.

Author Biography

Kamal Nazi is completing her PhD at Sun Yat-Sen University, China. She has two Master’s degrees, one in Anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Her resent research interests forcus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. She can be reached at nazi.komal_leo@yahoo.com.

Guoqiang He, professor of anthropology at Sun Yat-sen University and member of the American Anthropology Association, received his doctorate in ethnology from the Department of Anthropology of Sun Yat-sen University in June 1998 and stayed in the school to teach. He was a professor in May 2003 and a doctoral tutor in the same year. The research direction is political anthropology, social and cultural theory and regional culture. He has been engaged in field work for a long time and has visited the United States twice for academic exchanges (17 months in total). In the past 15 years, he has been supported by academic and publishing funds for many times. He has edited two series of books (Ethnic Groups in Southeast Gentiana and Ethnic Diversity Research on the Eastern Margin of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau) with a total of 20 books (5.5 million words). He has also published 6 monographs and 9 translations, with a total of more than 60 investigation reports, papers and translations.

Shakir Ullah, a PhD scholar in the department of Anthropology Sun Yat-sen university. His area of interest is Political Anthropology. He is currently doing is doctoral research on the living conditions of Gwadar fishermen through the perspective of political ecology.