Feminisms in Development

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Author : Ann Whitehead , Ed. Andrea Cornwall , Elizabeth Harrison
Pages : 253
Edition : 2007

This collection of essays by feminist thinkers from the North and the South constitutes a major new attempt to reposition feminism within development studies. The book examines how the arguments of feminist researchers have often become depoliticised by development institutions and offers richly contextualised accounts of the pitfalls and compromises of the politics of engagement. Speaking from within academic institutions, social movements, development bureaucracies and national and international NGOs, the contributors highlight on-going battles for interpretation and the unequal power relations within which these battles take place. They engage with the challenges of achieving solidarity in the context of increasingly polarised geo-political relations, and advance a diversity of critiques of simplified ideas about gender, and how these ideas come to be interpreted in institutional policies and practices.

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