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This is a reader, for undergraduates and development practitioners, that presents the best of the body of literature that has grown up alongside the acknowledgement that women play a critical role in the development process. The book is divided into five parts which cover, respectively: a review of the history of the theoretical debates; the status of women in the household and family; women in the global economy; the impacts of social changes on women's lives; and women organizing for change. Among the writers included in this reader are: Vandana Shiva, Rosi Braidotti, Gita Sen, Sylvia Chant, Betsy Hartmann, Deniz Kandiyoti, Bina Agarwal, Diane Elson, Rita Gallin and Diane Wolf.
Historical introduction and theoretical debates; households and families; women in the global economy; international women in social transformation; women organizing themselves for change.