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Gender Myths and Feminist Fables

The Struggle for Interpretive Power in Gender and Development

Gender Myths and Feminist Fables by Andrea Cornwall
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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
Wiley; February 2009
184 pages; ISBN 9781444306682
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Title: Gender Myths and Feminist Fables
Author: Andrea Cornwall; Elizabeth Harrison; Ann Whitehead
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