The Daughters of Development: Women in a Changing Environment

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This is a powerful feminist critique of the 'Western' concept of development. It is also an attempt to rediscover and rehabilitate traditional indigenous knowledge as an important basis for empowering women and re-establishing the foundation of reciprocity in North-South dialogue.

The author looks at the wreckage "progress" has wreaked on the lives of Thai sex workers and of indigenous peoples globally and contrasts this with a portrait - in words and pictures - of her own ...

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Overview

This is a powerful feminist critique of the 'Western' concept of development. It is also an attempt to rediscover and rehabilitate traditional indigenous knowledge as an important basis for empowering women and re-establishing the foundation of reciprocity in North-South dialogue.

The author looks at the wreckage "progress" has wreaked on the lives of Thai sex workers and of indigenous peoples globally and contrasts this with a portrait - in words and pictures - of her own "undeveloped" mother, 'gardener, agriculturalist, cook, entertainer, tool and toy inventor and maker, traditional doctor, resources manager, energy conservationist, food scientist, home economist, sustainable developer, ecologist and environmentalist'.

In exploring the possibilities for an appropriate development path, Sinith Sittirak applies the framework of a political economy of development which acknowledges the politics of identity and difference. Central to her framework is the recognition that 'development' is part of that universalizing process which imposes sameness by speaking for or naming the 'Other' and by excluding difference.

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A feminist critique of the Western concept of development that looks to traditional indigenous knowledge as a means of empowering women and reestablishing the foundation of reciprocity in North-South dialogue. The author contrasts the lives of Thai sex workers and other beneficiaries of progress with a portrait (in words and pictures) of her own "undeveloped" mother. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856495882
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Daughters of Development Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,094,421
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sinith Sittirak is Lecturer in the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Thammasat University, Thailand.

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Table of Contents

Preface - Maria Mies.
Foreword.
1. What does "development" mean to "me".
2. What does "development" mean to "them"?
3. What does "development" mean to "her"?
4. What does "development" mean to "us"?
5. What does "development" mean to "my mother"?
6. What does "development" mean to "me"?

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