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Feminist Post-Development Thought: Rethinking Modernity, Post-Colonialism and Representation

Edited By: Kriemild Saunders

Zed Books

Paperback | Dec 2002 | #139251 | ISBN: 1856499472
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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


Introduction: Towards a Deconstructive Post-Development Criticism - Kriemild Saunders PART I: AIDING DEVELOPMENT 1. Lessons from the Field: Rethinking Empowerment, Gender and Development in a Post Development Perspective - Jane Parpart 2. Dismantling the Master's House with the Master's Tools? Gender Work in and with Powerful Bureaucracies - Kathleen Staudt 3. Trails of Turquoise: Feminist Enquiry and Counter-development in Ladakh, India - Ravina Aggarwal PART II: LOCATING WOMEN/LOCATING WORK 4. Countergeographies of Globalization: Feminization of Survival - Saskia Sassen 5. Engendering Globalization in an Era of Transnational Capital: New Cross-Border Alliances and Strategies of Resistance in a Post-NAFTA Mexico - Marianne Marchand PART III: MORE WORLDLY FEMINISMS 6. Development: Feminist Theory's Cul-de-Sac - Marnia Lazreg 7. Picture more at Variance, of Desires and Development in the People's Republic of China - Tani Barlow 8. Developmentalist Feminism and Neocolonialism in the Andean Communities - Frederique Apffel-Marglin and Loyda Sanchez PART IV: THE SCIENCE QUESTION IN DEVELOPMENT 9. Mad Cows and Sacred Cows - Vandana Shiva 10. Global Circulations: Nature, Culture and the Possibility of Sustainable Development - Banu Subramaniam, James Bever and Peggy Schulz 11. Do the Marginalized Valorize the Margins? Exploring the Dangers of Difference - Meera Nanda PART V: STORIES FROM THE FIELD: THEORIZING ACTION/ACTING ON THEORY 12. Participatory Research: A Tool in the Production of Knowledge in the Development Discourse - Patience Elabor-Idemudia 13. Ethnographic Acts: Writing Women and Other Political Fields - Piya Chatterjee 14. Practising Theory through Women's Bodies: Public Violence and Women Strategies of Power and Place - Ramona Perez PART VI: OTHER BODIES 15. Body Politics: Revisiting the Population Question - Wendy Harcourt 16. Reproductive Technology: From a Third World Feminist Perspective - Ester Wangari 17. Gender, Bodies and Cosmos in Mesoamerica - Sylvia Marcos Index

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Kriemild Saunders teaches sociology at St. John's University-Staten Island.

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