Gender myths: feminist fables

Whitehead, Ann, Harrison, Elizabeth and Cornwall, Andrea, eds. (2008) Gender myths: feminist fables. Development and Change Special Issues . Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-405-16937-0

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This collection brings together leading feminist thinkers who examine the struggles for interpretive power which underlies international development.
- Questions why the insights from years of feminist gender and development research are so often turned into ‘gender myths’ and ‘feminist fables’: women are more likely to care for the environment; are better at working together; are less corrupt; have a seemingly infinite capacity to survive
- Explores how bowdlerized and impoverished representations of gender relations have simultaneously come to be embedded in development policy and practice
- Traces the ways in which language and images of development are related to practice and provides a nuanced account of the politics of knowledge production
- Argues that struggles for interpretive power are not only important for our own sake, but also for the implications they have for women’s lives worldwide
- An informed analysis of how ‘gender’ has been transformed in its transfer into development policy and how many authors are now revisiting and reflecting on their earlier work

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Ann Whitehead
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:08
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 11:58
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