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


Jaquette, Jane, and Gale Summerfield, eds. 2006. Women and Gender Equity in Development Theory and Practice: Institutions, Resources, and Mobilization. Duke University Press.

Authors: Jane Jaquette, Gale Summerfield


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. (Summary from Duke University Press)

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Introduction - Jane S. Jaquette and Gale Summerfield

Part I Institutional Opportunities and Barriers pg. 15

Women, Gender, and Development - Jane S. Jaquette and Kathleen Staudt pg. 17

Mainstreaming Gender in International Organizations - Elisabeth Prugl and Audrey Lustgarten pg. 53

From “Home Economics” to “Microfianace: Gender Rhetoric and the Bureaucratic Resistance - David Hirschmann pg. 71

Contributions of a Gender Perspective to the Analysis of Poverty - Sylvia Chant pg. 87

What is Justice? Indigenous Women in Andean Development Projects - Maruja Barrig pg. 107

Part II. Livelihood and Control of Resouces pg. 135

Gender Equity and Rural Land Reform In China - Gale Summerfield pg. 137

Unequal Rights: Women and Property - Diana Lee-Smith and Catalina Hinchey Trujillo pg. 159

On Loan from Home: Women’s Participation in Formulating Human Settlements Policies - Faranak Miraftab pg. 173

In Theory and in Practice: Women Creating Better Accounts of the World - Louise Fortmann pg. 191

Women’s Work: The Kitchen Kills More than the Sword - Kirk R. Smith pg. 202

Part III. Women’s Mobilization and Power pg. 217

Women’s Movements in the Globalizing World: The Case of Thailand - Amara Pongsapich pg. 219

T-Shirts to Web Links: Women Connect! Communications Capacity-Building with Women’s NGOs - Doe Mayer, Barbara Pillsbury, and Muadi Mukenge pg. 240

Empowerment Just Happened: The Unexpected Expansion of Women’s Organizations - Irene Tinker pg. 268

Acronyms pg. 303

Bibliography pg. 306

Contributors pg. 352

Index pg. 357

Topics: Civil Society, Development, Economies, Poverty, Environment, Gender, Women, Gender Mainstreaming, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equity, Indigenous, Justice, Land Grabbing, NGOs, Rights Regions: Africa, Americas, Central America, South America, Asia

Year: 2006

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