Description - Feminisms in Development by Andrea Cornwall
This collection of essays by leading feminist thinkers from North and South constitutes a major new attempt to reposition feminism within development studies.
Feminism's emphasis on social transformation makes it fundamental to development studies. Yet the relationship between the two disciplines has frequently been a troubled one. At present, the way in which many development institutions function often undermines feminist intent through bureaucratic structures and unequal power quotients. Moreover, the seeming intractability of inequalities and injustice in developing countries have presented feminists with some enormous challenges. Here, emphasizing the importance of a plurality of approaches, the authors argue for the importance of what `feminisms' have to say to development.
Confronting the enormous challenges for feminisms in development studies, this book provides real hope for dialogue and exchange between feminisms and development.
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Author Biography - Andrea Cornwall
Andrea Cornwall is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. Her work on gender includes ethnographic research and writing on gender identities and relationships, on men and masculinities, and on gender and participatory development. She is co-editor of Dislocating Masculinity: Comparative Ethnographies (with Nancy Lindisfarne, Routledge, 1994), Realizing Rights: Transforming Sexual and Reproductive Wellbeing (with Alice Welbourn, Zed Books, 2002) and editor of Readings in Gender in Africa (James Currey/Indiana University Press, 2004). Ann Whitehead is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sussex. She was one of a small group of feminists who initiated research and teaching on gender and feminist anthropology at the University, and with feminist colleagues, at IDS. She has conducted field research in the UK and in Northern Ghana, where she has written extensively on socio-economic and agrarian change, poverty and changes in gender relations. She is best known for her contributions to feminist debates on the social relations of gender and the gender division of labour and intrahousehold relations. Recent work explores gender issues in relation to land tenure policy in sub-Saharan Africa, gender in Poverty Assessments and PRSPs and gender and liberalisation in trade and agriculture in Africa. Elizabeth Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex. She has undertaken research in Southern Africa, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Her research has focused on the anthropology of development, with a particular interest in understandings of gender and development from different positions in the development process. She has been co-director of the MA in Gender and Development at the University of Sussex over several years and is the co-author of Whose Development? An Ethnography of Aid (with Emma Crewe, Zed Books, 1998).