Gender Myths and Feminist Fables: The Struggle for by Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison, Ann Whitehead

By Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison, Ann Whitehead

This assortment brings jointly major feminist thinkers who study the struggles for interpretive strength which underlies foreign development.

  • Questions why the insights from years of feminist gender and improvement study are so frequently changed into ‘gender myths’ and ‘feminist fables’: girls usually tend to take care of the surroundings; are higher at operating jointly; are much less corrupt; have a likely countless capability to survive
  • Explores how bowdlerized and impoverished representations of gender kinfolk have at the same time turn out to be embedded in improvement coverage and practice
  • Traces the ways that language and pictures of improvement are with regards to perform and offers a nuanced account of the politics of data production
  • Argues that struggles for interpretive strength are usually not purely vital for our personal sake, but in addition for the consequences they've got for women’s lives worldwide
  • An expert research of the way ‘gender’ has been remodeled in its move into improvement coverage and the way many authors are actually revisiting and reflecting on their prior work

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Inequality is difficult to conceptualize within the neoclassical language of prescriptive commodification and individual choice. REFERENCES Agarwal, B. (1994) A Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Amin, S. (1974) ‘Modern Migrations in Western Africa’, in S. ) Modern Migrations in Western Africa, pp. 65–124. London: Oxford University Press. Arditi, C. (1985) ‘Quelques R´eflexions Socio-´economiques sur la Riziculture Irrigu´ee dans le Nord-Cameroun (SEMRY I et SEMRY II)’, Journal des Anthropologues 20: 59–82.

The rice plots were treated like the individual bush-plots of men. Since plots were assigned to individual conjugal households, earnings were controlled by the household head rather than the compound head, and tasks were carried out mainly by members of conjugal households. The collective compound field became less important both in application of labour time and in its contribution to subsistence. Differences among households sharpened, based not as in the past on the availability of labour within the household and compound, but on the recruitment of wage-labour and on the quality of land.

But the 1. Translated from Spanish by the author of this chapter. Gender Myths and Feminist Fables: The Struggle for Interpretive Power in Gender and Development Edited by Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead © 2008 The Institute of Social Studies. ISBN: 978-1-405-16937-0 46 Mercedes Gonz´alez de la Rocha question arises: if the poor have so many types of assets and resources, why do we bother making money and jobs available to them? In this contribution, I draw on my own long-term research on shifting dynamics of household organization to re-examine the fable of the good survivor and to question the myth of survival.

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