Gender Myths and Feminist Fables: The Struggle for Interpretive Power in Gender and Development

Gender Myths and Feminist Fables: The Struggle for Interpretive Power in Gender and Development

Editor(s): Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison, Ann Whitehead

Published Online: 12 MAR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405169370

Online ISBN: 9781444306675

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306675

About this Book

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

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