Challenging the NGOs: Women, Religion and Development in India

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Tamsin Bradley examines the interfaces between religion, gender, anthropology and social development and focuses on the operation of grass roots Non-Governmental Organizations. She argues that these agencies need to adopt a new methodology if they are to increase efficiency. This is made clear in a series of ethnographic case studies documenting the experiences of three Rajasthani village women.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845111526
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/8/2006
  • Series: Tauris Academic Studies Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamsin Bradley is a Lecturer in Development Studies at London Metropolitan University

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Table of Contents

• Introduction to Book
• The Development Discourse
• Introduction to Chapter
• Deconstructing the Hegemonic Development Discourse
• Deconstructing the Passive Subject
• Shaping a Relationship between NGO Workers and Agents of Development
• Reaching others in Practice
• Conclusion to Chapter
• Feminist Politics
• Introduction to Chapter
• Part One: Feminism Discussed and Deconstructed
• An Overview of Western Feminist Discourses
• The Postcolonial Critique of Liberal Feminist Literature
• The Feminism of Black Women
• What is the Future of The Western Feminist Movement?
• Part Two: The Feminism of Indian Women
• Conclusion to Chapter
• Understanding the Image of Sita
• Introduction to Chapter
• Valmiki's Sita
• The Oppressed Sita
• The Sita of Urban Indian Women
• Gandhi's Sita
• The Sita of Oral Traditions
• The Sita of Rajasthani Village Women
• Reinterpetating Cultural Practices
• The Positive Self-Perceptions of Rajasthani Village Women
• Mapping Change
• Masculinities in Rural Rajasthan
• Conclusion to Chapter
• Chapter Four: Revisiting the Development Discourse in Relation to Gender and Development
• Introduction to Chapter
• The Emergence of Gender and Development
• Challenging the notion of 'Third World' Woman as Victim
• Conclusion: The Move towards Self-reflexivity in Development Practice
• Questioning Participation
• Introduction to Chapter
• What is Participation?
• Analysis of Specific PRA Techniques
• Participation as a Tool to Empower
• Critique of Oxfam's Gender and Development Manual
• Comparison between two Case Studies of Projects Designed to Train Women as Community Health Workers in Rural Rajasthan
• Case Study of GANDHIAN NGO
• Case Study of GANDHIAN NGO (2)'s Community Health Care Project
• Conclusion to Chapter
• Violence in Rural Rajasthan
• Introduction
• Case Study of the Women's Development Programme Rajasthan
• Examination of Two Major Cases of Violence in Rajasthan
• Why are Men Violent?
• Changing Perspectives on Violence
• Conclusion to Chapter
• Conclusion to Book
• Glossary
• Bibliography

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