Eye to Eye: Women Practising Development Across Cultures

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In this compelling collection, women discuss the development processes which affect them, and attempt to show why development policy must respond to cultural difference. The contributors present different perspectives on crucial gender and development debates, such as female genital mutilation, global capitalism and women's labor, and resistance to education and development policies by women at the grass-roots level. The essays paint a vivid picture of development in practice, and the women described have found ...
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Overview

In this compelling collection, women discuss the development processes which affect them, and attempt to show why development policy must respond to cultural difference. The contributors present different perspectives on crucial gender and development debates, such as female genital mutilation, global capitalism and women's labor, and resistance to education and development policies by women at the grass-roots level. The essays paint a vivid picture of development in practice, and the women described have found new possibilities for sustainable personal and community development within the cultures they inhabit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856498463
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 9/7/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Perry teaches international affairs at the American University of Paris and is a consultant on women’s issues for the US State Department’s Africa Regional Services Program.

Celeste Schenck is Professor of Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris.
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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Foreword
Introduction: Practicing Theory Eye to Eye 1
The World Bank and Women: 'Instrumental Feminism' 10
International Organizations: Women's Rights and Gender Equality 25
Gender and the Politics of Fatwas in Bangladesh 50
Gender Silences in the Narmada Valley 71
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Women's Organizations in China 89
The Classroom or the Marketplace: Survival Strategies of Ghanaian Women 106
'Blessed with the Necessity of Transformation': Postgraduate Education in South Africa 119
Dialogue in the War zone: Israeli and Palestinian Women for Peace 134
Abandoning Female Genital Cutting in Africa 156
If Female Circumcision Did Not Exist, Western Feminism Would Invent It 171
Female Genital Mutilation in France: A Crime Punishable by Law 190
Testimonial and the Stories From the 'Stolen Generation' in Australia 200
'She Breastfed Reluctance Into Me': Hunger Artists in the Global Economy 214
Developing Subjects 235
Beyond Child Abuse 259
Notes on Contributors 277
Index 28
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