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Gender Myths and Feminist Fables

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184 pages
This collection brings together leading feminist thinkers who examine the struggles for interpretive power which underlies international development.
  • Questions why the insights from years of feminist gender and development research are so often turned into ‘gender myths’ and ‘feminist fables’: women are more likely to care for the environment; are better at working together; are less corrupt; have a seemingly infinite capacity to survive
  • Explores how bowdlerized and impoverished representations of gender relations have simultaneously come to be embedded in development policy and practice
  • Traces the ways in which language and images of development are related to practice and provides a nuanced account of the politics of knowledge production
  • Argues that struggles for interpretive power are not only important for our own sake, but also for the implications they have for women’s lives worldwide
  • An informed analysis of how ‘gender’ has been transformed in its transfer into development policy and how many authors are now revisiting and reflecting on their earlier work
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Contents
Gender Myths and Feminist Fables: The Struggle for Interpretive Power in Gender and Development Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead
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A Bigger Piece of a Very Small Pie: Intrahousehold Resource Allocation and Poverty Reduction in Africa Bridget O'Laughlin 21
The Construction of the Myth of Survival Mercedes González de la Rocha
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Earth Mother Myths and Other Ecofeminist Fables: How a Strategic Notion Rose and Fell Melissa Leach 67
Political Cleaners: Women as the New AntiCorruption Force? Anne Marie Goetz
Resolving Risk? Marriage and Creative Conjugality Cecile Jackson
Feminism, Gender, and Women's Peace Activism Judy El-Bushra
Myths To Live By? Female Solidarity and Female Autonomy Reconsidered Andrea Cornwall
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