Gender and the Global Economic Crisis in Developing Countries: A Framework for Analysis


Elson, Diane. 2010. “Gender and the Global Economic Crisis in Developing Countries: A Framework for Analysis.” Gender and Development 18 (2): 201-12.

Author: Diane Elson


This paper sets out a framework for thinking about the gender dimensions of the economic crisis. It considers the likely impact of the crisis, as well as the responses to it, on the part of both individuals and collectivities, in three spheres of the economy: finance; production; and reproduction. It identifies the kinds of 'gender numbers' that we need; sex-disaggregated statistics of various kinds. It also argues that we need to pay attention to gender norms--the social practices and ideas that shape the behavior of people and institutions. The norms may be reinforced in times of crisis; but they may also start to decompose as individuals transgress norms under the pressures of crisis. In addition, there may be opportunities for the transformation of norms, through collective action to institute new, more egalitarian, social practices and ideas.

Keywords: economic crisis, finance, production, gender, reproduction

Topics: Economies, Gender, Gender Roles

Year: 2010

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