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In an international the place international restructuring is resulting in either integration and fragmentation, the which means and perform of improvement are more and more contested. New voices from the South are not easy Northern regulate over development.Feminism/Postmodernism/Development is a finished examine of this energy fight. It examines new concerns, "voices", and dilemmas in improvement thought and perform. Drawing at the reviews of ladies from Africa, Latin the US, and Asia, in addition to ladies of color, this assortment questions verified improvement practices and indicates the necessity to comprise matters similar to identification, illustration, indigenous wisdom, and political action.Feminism/Postmodernism/Development recognizes the significance of 3rd global and minority women's reviews. It recognizes their significance for improvement and means that postmodernist insights can improve their quest for empowerment.

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The public/private divide used to separate men and women in the Western world, buttressed by Western patriarchal notions of motherhood and the zenana representation of women, contributed to the exclusion of Third World women from early development projects. Early policies assumed that economic development in the public, largely elite male sphere, would naturally “trickle down” to women in the private sphere (World Bank 1990; see early IBRD Reports). The next section will show how this changed in the 1970s.

The contributors have been encouraged to raise these issues, and others. We do not want premature closure of this important debate. MARCHAND feminist thought—one which can address the problems and prospects facing women in an increasingly complex and interrelated world. NOTES 1 Throughout this book, the term Third World is adopted as a shorthand for Africa, Latin America and Asia, with the understanding that these areas, while exhibiting certain similarities, have many differences as well. The term is not to be seen as an assumption that Third World peoples, especially women, can be lumped in one undifferentiated category.

Moreover, it dismisses Third World women’s agency and reinforces the myth that Third World women are a homogenous group, without voice or skills. In this approach, Third World women have been objects that need help, not subjects who could be active participants in the development process. The efficiency approach emerged in the early 1980s and fits readily into the World Bank’s turn to neo-classical economics, with its emphasis on structural adjustment programs (SAPs), privatization and liberalization of markets.

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