Shirin Rai pushes us to rethink development. She brings us to
ear a feminist analysis that grows out of her nuanced understanding
of both China’s and India's gendered experience. Readers will
find fresh ideas and sharp caveats about how patriarchy is
sustained and fought over globally.
--Cynthia Enloe, Clark University
This important book ranges across contemporary debates in the
study of gender and political economy. It situates differing
gender-based theories in the context of wider political and
historical processes such as colonialism, post-colonialism, Cold
War politics, the New World Order, globalization and
Shirin Rai focuses on the gendered nature of the political
economy of development, and the shifts that have occurred as
economies and states have moved from a development process that is
state-focused to one that is clearly framed by globalization.
Differences between men and women, and differences between women in
contrasting social and geographical positions, are explored in
relation to their influence on political practice. Rai considers
how the structures of economic and political power frame men and
women and examines the consequences of these gendered positionings.
She makes important connections between the political narratives of
different levels of governance and examines the discourse of
empowerment at these different levels.
The book concludes by reflecting on the way men and women are
coping with the challenges of globalization and argues that women's
movements need to re-establish the link between the recognition of
difference and the redistribution of economic and social resources
if they are to maintain their radical edge.
This will be essential reading for undergraduates and graduates in politics, development studies and gender studies.
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".an informative and accessible introduction to the debates on
gender, development and globalization. It is an excellent and very
readable text for all students of international relations,
development studies and politics." (Political Studies)
"Shirin Rai's complex and comprehensive book threads gender
throughout an analysis of nationalism, globalization, global
restructuring, and government in the twentieth century. With
breathtaking scope, her analysis will appeal to specialists in
international political economy, comparative politics and gender
studies. Shirin Rai has produced nothing short of the twentieth
century, using a theoretical frame with implications for practice:
political engagement with a gendered lens." (Political Science
"Its unique approach makes it a valuable book not only for those
interested in politics and sociology, but also for newcomers to the
field of gender studies." (Development and Change)
"Shirin Rai has produced a book that is essential reading - not just for feminists, but for anyone interested in global development."(International Feminist Journal of Politics)
Introduction: Mapping Gender and the Political Economy of Development.
1 Gender, Nationalism, and 'Nation-Building': Discourses of Development.
2 Gender and Development: Theoretical Perspectives in Context.
3 Globalization: New Agendas for Gender and Development?.
4 Global Restructuring and Restructuring Gender Relations: The Politics of Structural Adjustment.
5 Gender and Multi-level Governance: Feasible and Transformative Politics.
6 Critical Engagements: From Nationalism to Globalization.