The Daughters of Development: Women in a Changing Environment

The Daughters of Development: Women in a Changing Environment



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The Daughters of Development: Women in a Changing Environment by Sinith Sittirak

This is a powerful feminist critique of the 'Western' concept of development. It is also an attempt to rediscover and rehabilitate traditional indigenous knowledge as an important basis for empowering women and re-establishing the foundation of reciprocity in North-South dialogue.

The author looks at the wreckage "progress" has wreaked on the lives of Thai sex workers and of indigenous peoples globally and contrasts this with a portrait - in words and pictures - of her own "undeveloped" mother, 'gardener, agriculturalist, cook, entertainer, tool and toy inventor and maker, traditional doctor, resources manager, energy conservationist, food scientist, home economist, sustainable developer, ecologist and environmentalist'.

In exploring the possibilities for an appropriate development path, Sinith Sittirak applies the framework of a political economy of development which acknowledges the politics of identity and difference. Central to her framework is the recognition that 'development' is part of that universalizing process which imposes sameness by speaking for or naming the 'Other' and by excluding difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856495882
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 07/28/1998
Series: Daughters of Development Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sinith Sittirak is Lecturer in the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Thammasat University, Thailand.

Table of Contents

Preface - Maria Mies.
1. What does "development" mean to "me".
2. What does "development" mean to "them"?
3. What does "development" mean to "her"?
4. What does "development" mean to "us"?
5. What does "development" mean to "my mother"?
6. What does "development" mean to "me"?

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