GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT: RETHINKING MODERNIZATION AND DEPENDENCY THEORY
Catherine V. Scott
This study applies a feminist critical reading to develop modernisation and development theory further, including: conceptualisation of tradition and gender in modernisation theory; the nature and role of the state in Africa; modernisation theory in practice at the World Bank; Marxism, masculinity and dependency theory; and challenges to dependency in the context of Southern Africa. It is important reading for advanced students and scholars of development and Third World Studies.
Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1996. paper; 149 pages. ISBN 1-55587-664-1. US$16.95
A COMMITMENT TO THE WORLD'S WOMEN
Perspectives on a Development Agenda for Beijing and Beyond
Noeleen Heyzer (Ed.)
What is the specific development agenda that women worldwide have been calling for over the past 20 years of organising, activism, and UN world conferences? In this anthology, more than 15 authors present a multiplicity of visions of a women's development agenda for the major global issues of our time: economic restructuring, sustainable livelihoods, healthy communities, and governance and decision-making.
UNIFEM, 1995. paper; 220 pp. ISBN 0-912917-38-5 US$14.95
SEE ALSO: Feminist Perspectives on Sustainable Development (Category: Environment and Sustainable Development).
Marianne Marchand and Jane Parpart
In a world where global restructuring is leading to both integration and fragmentation, the meaning and practice of development are increasingly contested, especially between voices from the South and the North.
Feminism/Postmodernism/Development is a comprehensive study of this power struggle. It brings together specialists on gender and development in an investigation of whether a more politicised and accessible version of post-modernist feminist thought could have relevance for the problems facing women worldwide. Drawing on the experiences of women from Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as well as of women of colour, this collection questions established development practice and suggests the need to incorporate issues of identity, representation, indigenous knowledge, and political action. It acknowledges the importance of Third World and minority women's experiences for development, and explores the limitations and strengths of post-modernist feminist insights for gender and development theory.
Routledge, 1995. paper; 275 pp. ISBN 0-415-10524-2 US$17.95
A Caribbean Multidisciplinary Approach
Elsa Leo-Rhynie, Barbara Bailey and Christine Barrow (Eds.)
This pioneering comprehensive study of gender issues in the Caribbean region brings together a wide range of research findings, theoretical perspectives and policy prescriptions. It highlights issues and experiences in the Caribbean, with comparative perspectives from outside the region. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, it shows how research, teaching, and practice of gender issues can be linked together to provide a basis for the institutionalisation of women's studies programmes and for policy prescriptions.
The book provides a framework for addressing gender issues as they relate to: the legal position of women; education and the historical context of the Caribbean woman; the arts and humanities; a research agenda and policy reform in health-care systems; and agriculture. The culmination of the faculty development aspect of a project between the University of the West Indies and the Institute of Social Studies at the Hague, these papers constitute a remarkable collection of thought on the issues facing Caribbean women.
Ian Randle Press, 1996. paper; 358 pp. ISBN 0-85255-250-5 US$22.95
GENDER IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Conceptual and Theoretical Issues
Ruth Meena (Ed.)
This book presents the ideas of women scholars from Southern Africa exploring alternative development models, "African feminism" -- its roots, power, and application to development -- and an African feminist critique of Western feminism. It includes a gender analysis of the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa and its relationship to poverty and the subordination of women.
SAPES Books, 1992. paper; 201 pp. ISBN 0-7974-1162-3 US$25.00
SEE ALSO: Women, Poverty and AIDS: Sex, Drugs and Structural Violence (Category: Health).
HALF THE WORLD, HALF A CHANCE
An Introduction to Gender and Development
Julia Cleves Mosse
Half the World, Half a Chance discusses how and why women are disadvantaged by social structures and current development initiatives. Case studies of action by women's organisations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America document the efforts of women to overcome oppressive structures and to achieve genuine development.
Oxfam Publications, 1993. paper; 229 pp. ISBN 0-85598-186-5 US$15.95
Diane Bell and Renate Klein
Since the late 1960s radical feminism has articulated analyses of oppression based on an understanding of the interlocking power of racism, classism, and patriarchy. Its projects include Take Back the Night campaigns, establishing women's refuge centres, rape crisis centres, health centres, organising against pornography and developing courses in Women's Studies. The book argues that radical feminist theory and practice are often misrepresented or unknown. Radically Speaking tells this story, showing that developments in the former Yugoslavia, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, and Chile resonate with the experience of women in the USA, Norway, the UK, Australia, Germany and New Zealand.
This remarkable volume of 70 feminist voices, distinguished by their continuity through time, global reach, politics of engagement and passionate determination to create a better world for women, is important reading for women's studies, gender and development, and cultural studies.
Spinifex, 1996. paper; 624 pp. ISBN 1-875559-38-8 US$29.95
Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought
Reversed Realities provides a dynamic reassessment of development theory with a focus on gender. It examines alternative frameworks for analysing gender hierarchies; identifies the household as the primary site for the construction of power relations; assesses the inadequacy of the poverty line as a measuring tool; and provides a critical overview of population control. This book is appropriate for advanced students and researchers of development.
Verso, 1994. paper; 346 pp. ISBN 0-86091-584-0 US$18.95
TTHE ELUSIVE AGENDA
The Elusive Agenda reviews the progress achieved in making gender a central concern in the development process. It evaluates selected bilateral and multilateral donor agencies which play a critical role in shaping the development agenda. It presents an innovative conceptual framework for analysing women-in-development objectives and strategies, and for establishing indicators for assessing progress.
Zed Books, 1995. paper; 160 pp. ISBN 1-85649-274-5 US$17.50
SEE ALSO: Focusing on Women: UNIFEM's Experience in Mainstreaming.
WHAT IS PATRIARCHY?
What is Patriarchy locates women's struggles for social change in the context of patriarchal control of major social, economic, political and cultural institutions. Its question-and-answer format makes it a highly accessible introduction to understanding patriarchy and its origins.
Kali for Women, 1993. paper; 41 pp. ISBN 81-85107-73-4 US$4.95
WOMEN AT THE CENTER
Development Issues and Practices for the 1990s
Gay Young, Vidyanali Samarasinghe and Ken Kusterer (Eds.)
This anthology provides an excellent introduction to, and overview of, women and development issues. It discusses how women's encounters with development theories and practices have transformed methodologies for implementing development activities, and how women's participation is at the very core of social change in areas such as AIDS, the environment, and nationalist conflict.
Kumarian Press, 1993. paper; 222 pp. ISBN 1-56549-029-0 US$16.95
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