The Green Revolution in the second half of the twentieth century ushered unprecedented agricultural expansion in the developing world. One of the primary beneficiaries of the movement was India, whose people witnessed tremendous gains in wheat and rice output. Although many remember the Green Revolution fondly, some scholars have raised criticisms of the Green Revolution in the decades following the movement. One of the prominent critics is Vandana Shiva, who argued that India's Green Revolution disempowered women and nature. The purpose of this study is to examine Vandana Shiva's book, Staying Alive: Women, Development, and Ecology, through an interdisciplinary perspective. My analysis is three-fold: I employ ecofeminist rhetorical criticism to evaluate Shiva's argument that the Green Revolution oppressed and alienated women; furthermore, I use a game-theoretic model to illustrate Shiva's depiction of women's disempowerment in the context of intra-household decision-making; lastly, I test the economic theory through empirical analysis, estimating the theory with data from India.


Bostdorff, Denise

Second Advisor

Warner, James


Communication Studies; Economics


Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | International and Intercultural Communication

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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