Intersecting Inequalities: Women and Social Policy in Peru, 1990?2000

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As the only male head of state to address the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, Alberto Fujimori projected an image as a promoter of progressive policies to improve the condition of women, especially the poor, in society. And indeed, during his tenure, the Peruvian government did pursue such policies in several areas, including poverty relief, population control, and domestic violence. In Intersecting Inequalities, Jelke Boesten uses these policies as case studies, examining the relationship ...

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Overview

As the only male head of state to address the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, Alberto Fujimori projected an image as a promoter of progressive policies to improve the condition of women, especially the poor, in society. And indeed, during his tenure, the Peruvian government did pursue such policies in several areas, including poverty relief, population control, and domestic violence. In Intersecting Inequalities, Jelke Boesten uses these policies as case studies, examining the relationship between gender/race/class/ethnic divisions and the state in its project of nation-building. Her investigation reveals that policies meant to further women’s development and emancipation often reproduced the marginality they were supposed to fight. She also explores the strategies women developed to negotiate with and challenge the state.

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Editorial Reviews

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“An engaging bottom-up account of how social policies are understood by rural and urban poor women in Peru.”

—Christina Ewig, Journal of Latin American Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271036717
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Jelke Boesten is Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface and Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Glossary

1. Introduction: Intersecting Inequalities

2. The Peruvian State and (Poor) Women

3. Food Aid, Motherhood, and Women’s Work

4. Population Policies, Poverty, and Women’s Bodies

5. Violence, Democracy, and Resistance

6. Revisiting Women

References

Index

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