Gender and the Political Economy of Development: From Nationalism to Globalization / Edition 1

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"Rai subjects the projects of both national development and globalization to searching scrutiny through a gender lens. Her emphasis on the intersection of gender and other forms of inequality is very timely. An excellent text for a wide range of courses in politics, sociology and development studies."
—Diane Elson, University of Essex

Shirin Rai pushes us to rethink development. She brings us to ear a feminist analysis that grows out of her nuanced understanding of both China's and India's gendered experience. Readers will find fresh ideas and sharp caveats about how patriarchy is sustained and fought over globally.
—Cynthia Enloe, Clark University

This important book ranges across contemporary debates in the study of gender and political economy. It situates differing gender-based theories in the context of wider political and historical processes such as colonialism, post-colonialism, Cold War politics, the New World Order, globalization and democratization.

Shirin Rai focuses on the gendered nature of the political economy of development, and the shifts that have occurred as economies and states have moved from a development process that is state-focused to one that is clearly framed by globalization. Differences between men and women, and differences between women in contrasting social and geographical positions, are explored in relation to their influence on political practice. Rai considers how the structures of economic and political power frame men and women and examines the consequences of these gendered positionings. She makes important connections between the political narratives of different levels of governance and examines the discourse of empowerment at these different levels.

The book concludes by reflecting on the way men and women are coping with the challenges of globalization and argues that women's movements need to re-establish the link between the recognition of difference and the redistribution of economic and social resources if they are to maintain their radical edge.

This will be essential reading for undergraduates and graduates in politics, development studies and gender studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rai subjects the projects of both national development andglobalization to searching scrutiny through a gender lens. Heremphasis on the intersection of gender and other forms ofinequality is very timely. An excellent text for a wide range ofcourses in politics, sociology and development studies."
Diane Elson, University of Essex

".an informative and accessible introduction to the debates ongender, development and globalization. It is an excellent and veryreadable text for all students of international relations,development studies and politics." (Political Studies)

"Shirin Rai's complex and comprehensive book threads genderthroughout an analysis of nationalism, globalization, globalrestructuring, and government in the twentieth century. Withbreathtaking scope, her analysis will appeal to specialists ininternational political economy, comparative politics and genderstudies. Shirin Rai has produced nothing short of the twentiethcentury, using a theoretical frame with implications for practice:political engagement with a gendered lens." (Political ScienceQuarterly)

"Its unique approach makes it a valuable book not only for thoseinterested in politics and sociology, but also for newcomers to thefield of gender studies." (Development and Change)

"Shirin Rai has produced a book that is essential reading - notjust for feminists, but for anyone interested in globaldevelopment."(International Feminist Journal ofPolitics)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745614915
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/11/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirin M. Rai is Reader in Politics at the University of Warwick.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables.


Introduction: Mapping Gender and the Political Economy ofDevelopment.

1 Gender, Nationalism, and 'Nation-Building': Discourses ofDevelopment.

2 Gender and Development: Theoretical Perspectives inContext.

3 Globalization: New Agendas for Gender and Development?.

4 Global Restructuring and Restructuring Gender Relations: ThePolitics of Structural Adjustment.

5 Gender and Multi-level Governance: Feasible and TransformativePolitics.

6 Critical Engagements: From Nationalism to Globalization.



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