Feminisms in Development: Contradictions, Contestations and Challenges [NOOK Book]

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This collection of essays by leading feminist thinkers from North and South constitutes a major new attempt to reposition feminism within development studies. Feminism’s emphasis on social transformation makes it fundamental to development studies. Yet the relationship between the two disciplines has frequently been a troubled one. At present, the way in which many development institutions function often undermines feminist intent through bureaucratic structures and unequal power quotients. Moreover, the seeming ...
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Feminisms in Development: Contradictions, Contestations and Challenges

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Overview

This collection of essays by leading feminist thinkers from North and South constitutes a major new attempt to reposition feminism within development studies. Feminism’s emphasis on social transformation makes it fundamental to development studies. Yet the relationship between the two disciplines has frequently been a troubled one. At present, the way in which many development institutions function often undermines feminist intent through bureaucratic structures and unequal power quotients. Moreover, the seeming intractability of inequalities and injustice in developing countries have presented feminists with some enormous challenges. Here, emphasizing the importance of a plurality of approaches, the authors argue for the importance of what ‘feminisms’ have to say to development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848136694
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 748 KB

Meet the Author

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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