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Gender and the Political Economy of Development

From Nationalism to Globalization

Gender and the Political Economy of Development by Shirin M. Rai
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"Rai subjects the projects of both national development andglobalization to searching scrutiny through a gender lens. Heremphasis on the intersection of gender and other forms ofinequality is very timely. An excellent text for a wide range ofcourses in politics, sociology and development studies."
--Diane Elson, University of Essex

Shirin Rai pushes us to rethink development. She brings us to ear afeminist analysis that grows out of her nuanced understanding ofboth China's and India's gendered experience. Readers will findfresh ideas and sharp caveats about how patriarchy is sustained andfought over globally.
--Cynthia Enloe, Clark University

This important book ranges across contemporary debates in the studyof gender and political economy. It situates differing gender-basedtheories in the context of wider political and historical processessuch as colonialism, post-colonialism, Cold War politics, the NewWorld Order, globalization and democratization.

Shirin Rai focuses on the gendered nature of the political economyof development, and the shifts that have occurred as economies andstates have moved from a development process that is state-focusedto one that is clearly framed by globalization. Differences betweenmen and women, and differences between women in contrasting socialand geographical positions, are explored in relation to theirinfluence on political practice. Rai considers how the structuresof economic and political power frame men and women and examinesthe consequences of these gendered positionings. She makesimportant connections between the political narratives of differentlevels of governance and examines the discourse of empowerment atthese different levels.

The book concludes by reflecting on the way men and women arecoping with the challenges of globalization and argues that women'smovements need to re-establish the link between the recognition ofdifference and the redistribution of economic and social resourcesif they are to maintain their radical edge.

This will be essential reading for undergraduates and graduates inpolitics, development studies and gender studies.
Wiley; June 2013
272 pages; ISBN 9780745668345
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Title: Gender and the Political Economy of Development
Author: Shirin M. Rai
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