Women and Gender Equity in Development Theory and Practice: Institutions, Resources, and Mobilization

Women and Gender Equity in Development Theory and Practice: Institutions, Resources, and Mobilization

By: Jane S. Jaquette (editor), Gale Summerfield (editor)Paperback

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Seeking to catalyze innovative thinking and practice within the field of women and gender in development, editors Jane S. Jaquette and Gale Summerfield have brought together scholars, policymakers, and development workers to reflect on where the field is today and where it is headed. The contributors draw from their experiences and research in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to illuminate the connections between women's well-being and globalization, environmental conservation, land rights, access to information technology, employment, and poverty alleviation.Highlighting key institutional issues, contributors analyze the two approaches that dominate the field: women in development (WID) and gender and development (GAD). They assess the results of gender mainstreaming, the difficulties that development agencies have translating gender rhetoric into equity in practice, and the conflicts between gender and the reassertion of indigenous cultural identities. Focusing on resource allocation, contributors explore the gendered effects of land privatization, the need to challenge cultural traditions that impede women's ability to assert their legal rights, and women's access to bureaucratic levers of power. Several essays consider women's mobilizations, including a project to provide Internet access and communications strategies to African NGOs run by women. In the final essay, Irene Tinker, one of the field's founders, reflects on the interactions between policy innovation and women's organizing over the three decades since women became a focus of development work. Together the contributors bridge theory and practice to point toward productive new strategies for women and gender in development. Contributors. Maruja Barrig, Sylvia Chant, Louise Fortmann, David Hirschmann, Jane S. Jaquette, Diana Lee-Smith, Audrey Lustgarten, Doe Mayer, Faranak Miraftab, Muadi Mukenge, Barbara Pillsbury, Amara Pongsapich, Elisabeth Prugl, Kirk R. Smith, Kathleen Staudt, Gale Summerfield, Irene Tinker, Catalina Hinchey Trujillo

About Author

Jane S. Jaquette is Bertha Harton Orr Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is the editor of The Women's Movement in Latin America: Feminism and the Transition to Democracy and a coeditor of Women and Democracy: Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. Gale Summerfield is Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and Associate Professor in Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a coeditor of Women's Rights to House and Land: China, Laos, Vietnam and Women in the Age of Economic Transformation: Gender Impact of Reforms in Post-Socialist and Developing Countries.


Preface and Acknowledgments vii Introduction / Jane S. Jaquette and Gale Summerfield 1 I. Institutional Opportunities and Barriers 15 Women, Gender, and Development / Jane S. Jaquette and Kathleen Staudt 17 Mainstreaming Gender in International Organizations / Elisabeth Prugl and Audrey Lustgarten 53 From "Home Economics" to "Microfianace:; Gender Rhetoric and the Bureaucratic Resistance / David Hirschmann 71 Contributions of a Gender Perspective to the Analysis of Poverty / Sylvia Chant 87 What is Justice? Indigenous Women in Andean Development Projects / Maruja Barrig 107 II. Livelihood and Control of Resouces 135 Gender Equity and Rural Land Reform In China / Gale Summerfield 137 Unequal Rights: Women and Property / Diana Lee-Smith and Catalina Hinchey Trujillo 159 On Loan from Home: Women's Participation in Formulating Human Settlements Policies / Faranak Miraftab 173 In Theory and in Practice: Women Creating Better Accounts of the World / Louise Fortmann 191 Women's Work: The Kitchen Kills More than the Sword / Kirk R. Smith 202 III. Women's Mobilization and Power 217 Women's Movements in the Globalizing World: The Case of Thailand / Amara Pongsapich 219 T-Shirts to Web Links: Women Connect! Communications Capacity-Building with Women's NGOs / Doe Mayer, Barbara Pillsbury, and Muadi Mukenge 240 Empowerment Just Happened: The Unexpected Expansion of Women's Organizations / Irene Tinker 268 Acronyms 303 Bibliography 306 Contributors 352 Index 357

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
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  • ISBN10: 0822336987

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