Reversed Realities

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Reversed Realities uncovers the deeply entrenched, hence barely visible, biases which underpin mainstream development theory and account for the marginal status given to women’s needs in current development policy.

Naila Kabeer traces the emergence of “women” as a specific category in development thought and examines alternative frameworks for analyzing gender hierarchies. She identifies the household as a primary site for the construction of power relations and compares ...

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Overview

Reversed Realities uncovers the deeply entrenched, hence barely visible, biases which underpin mainstream development theory and account for the marginal status given to women’s needs in current development policy.

Naila Kabeer traces the emergence of “women” as a specific category in development thought and examines alternative frameworks for analyzing gender hierarchies. She identifies the household as a primary site for the construction of power relations and compares the extent to which gender inequalities are revealed in different approaches to the concept of the family unit. The book assesses the inadequacies of the poverty line as a measuring tool and provides a critical overview of an issue that has been fiercely contested by feminists: population control. While feminists themselves have no unanimous view of the meaning of “reproductive choice,” Kabeer argues that it is imperative for them to take a lead in the construction of population policy.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This vigorous assessment of development theory and policy concludes with a comparison of different approaches to gender training and a plea for the transformation of the institutions which determine development policy. A splendid synthesis of the new feminist development economics that challenges gender bias in both theory and practice.”—Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts

“This book is an invaluable resource. It deconstructs the official discourses of social planners and development economists, creating space for a critical and practical engagement with existing power structures, with a view to enabling women to be agents of their own development.”—Diane Elson, University of Manchester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860915843
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,225,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Naila Kabeer is a Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She has worked extensively on issues related to gender and development in Bangladesh, India and Vietnam.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 The Emergence of Women as a Constituency in Development 1
2 Treating Cancer with Bandaid? The Theoretical Underpinnings of WID 11
3 Same Realities, Different Windows: Structuralist Perspectives on Women and Development 40
4 Connecting, Extending, Reversing: Development from a Gender Perspective 69
5 Benevolent Dictators, Maternal Altruists and Patriarchal Contracts: Gender and Household Economics 95
6 Beyond the Poverty Line: Measuring Poverty and Impoverishing Measures 136
7 'And No-one Could Complain at That': Claims and Silences in Social Cost-Benefit Analysis 163
8 Implementing the Right to Choose: Women, Motherhood and Population Policy 187
9 Empowerment from Below: Learning from the Grassroots 223
10 Triple Roles, Gender Roles, Social Relations: The Political Subtext of Gender Training Frameworks 264
Appendix 307
Bibliography 312
Index 340
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