What does "development" mean for women? Is it their best hope of social progress and equality, or does it simply raise false expectations for the future? Should third world women continue along the development path, or abandon full-scale modernization and seek post-development alternatives instead? Feminist thinkers explore these critical questions from a variety of different perspectives.
'This is such an up-to-the-feminist-minute book. If one ever imagines that radical feminist thinkers or feminist cultural studies scholars can leave ' women in development' to those who know about digging wells and sampling soil, think again. Kriemild Saunders and her savvy, worldly contributors make one realise that 'development' is about the gendered constructions of desire, romanticism, icons, co-optation, consumerism and green tourism' - Cynthia Enloe, author of 'Bananas, Beaches and Bases' (new edition) 'In this landmark volume, world-class feminists undo Western thinking on gender, development, and modernity. Women's empowerment over materialism, sociality over relentless progress, and sustainability over biological invasion are some of the post development alternatives proposed. Indeed, the lively theory and vivid examples show that the well being of women in the South is tied up with the fate of the planet itself. This indispensable resource will appeal to scholars and activists in many fields.' - Aihwa Ong, author of 'Flexible Citizenship: the Cultural Logic of Transnationality' and 'Buddha in Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, and the New America' (forthcoming) 'Here is a challenging set of inquiries about "development" from various feminist perspectives, particularly the questions of progress and post-development alternatives. This anthology is a noteworthy contribution to current discussions about globalization, survival, the ecological crisis and strategies for action.' - Lourdes Beneria, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Women's Studies Director, Cornell University
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