Feminisms in Development: Contradictions, Contestations and Challenges

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The political project of reasserting feminist engagement with development has proceeded uneasily in recent years. This book examines how the arguments of feminist researchers have often become depoliticised by development institutions and offers richly contextualised accounts of the pitfalls and compromises of the politics of engagement. Speaking from within academic institutions, social movements, development bureaucracies and national and international NGOs, the contributors highlight on-going battles for ...

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Overview

The political project of reasserting feminist engagement with development has proceeded uneasily in recent years. This book examines how the arguments of feminist researchers have often become depoliticised by development institutions and offers richly contextualised accounts of the pitfalls and compromises of the politics of engagement. Speaking from within academic institutions, social movements, development bureaucracies and national and international NGOs, the contributors highlight on-going battles for interpretation and the unequal power relations within which these battles take place. They engage with the challenges of achieving solidarity in the context of increasingly polarised geo-political relations, and advance a diversity of critiques of simplified ideas about gender, and how these ideas come to be interpreted in institutional policies and practices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842778197
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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Andrea Cornwall is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies,
Elizabeth Harrison is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, and Ann Whitehead is Professor of Social Anthropology, all at the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     viii
Introduction: feminisms in development: contradictions, contestations and challenges   Andrea Cornwall   Elizabeth Harrison   Ann Whitehead     1
The struggle over interpretation
Gender myths that instrumentalize women: a view from the Indian front line   Srilatha Batliwala   Deepa Dhanraj     21
Dangerous equations? How female-headed households became the poorest of the poor: causes, consequences and cautions   Sylvia Chant     35
Back to women? Translations, resignifications and myths of gender in policy and practice in Brazil   Cecilia M. B. Sardenberg     48
Battles over booklets: gender myths in the British aid programme   Rosalind Eyben     65
Not very poor, powerless or pregnant: the African woman forgotten by development   Everjoice J. Win     79
'Streetwalkers show the way': reframing the debate on trafficking from sex workers' perspective   Nandinee Bandyopadhyay   Swapna Gayen   Rama Debnath   Kajol Bose   Sikha Das   Geeta Das   M. Das   Manju Biswas   Pushpa Sarkar   Putul Singh   Rashoba Bibi   Rekha Mitra   Sudipta Biswas     86
Institutionalizing gender in development
Gender, myth and fable: theperils of mainstreaming in sector bureaucracies   Hilary Standing     101
Making sense of gender in shifting institutional contexts: some reflections on gender mainstreaming   Ramya Subrahmanian     112
Gender mainstreaming: what is it (about) and should we continue doing it?   Prudence Woodford-Berger     122
Mainstreaming gender or 'streaming' gender away: feminists marooned in the development business   Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay     135
Critical connections: feminist studies in African contexts   Amina Mama     150
SWApping gender: from cross-cutting obscurity to sectoral security?   Anne-Marie Goetz   Joanne Sandler     161
Looking to the future: challenges for feminist engagement
The NGO-ization of Arab women's movements   Islah Jad     177
Political fiction meets gender myth: post-conflict reconstruction, 'democratization' and women's rights   Deniz Kandiyoti     191
Reassessing paid work and women's empowerment: lessons from the global economy   Ruth Pearson     201
Announcing a new dawn prematurely? Human rights feminists and the rights-based approaches to development   Dzodzi Tsikata     214
The chimera of success: gender ennui and the changed international policy environment   Maxine Molyneux     227
Notes on Contributors     241
Index     247
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