Polity
www.polity.co.uk

Printed at: 01/08/2014  –  12:49:29


Gender and the Political Economy of Development: From Nationalism to Globalization

By: Shirin M. Rai


Description

"Rai subjects the projects of both national development and globalization to searching scrutiny through a gender lens. Her emphasis on the intersection of gender and other forms of inequality is very timely. An excellent text for a wide range of courses in politics, sociology and development studies."
--Diane Elson, University of Essex

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 democratization.

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.

Top of Page



Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745614908
ISBN10
0745614906
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2001
Publication Dates US:
Feb 2002
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2001


Format
239 x 159 mm
9.38 x 6.24 in
Pages
272 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745614915
ISBN10
0745614914
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2001
Publication Dates US:
Feb 2002
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2001



Format
231 x 157 mm
9.07 x 6.16 in
Pages
272 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745668345
ISBN10
0745668348
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2013
Publication Dates US:
May 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
272 pages

* Exam copies only available to lecturers for whom the book may be suitable as a course text.
Please note: Sales representation and distribution for Polity titles is provided by John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

Top of Page


Reviews

"Rai subjects the projects of both national development and globalization to searching scrutiny through a gender lens. Her emphasis on the intersection of gender and other forms of inequality is very timely. An excellent text for a wide range of courses in politics, sociology and development studies."
--Diane Elson, University of Essex


".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 Quarterly)

"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)

Top of Page


Table of Contents

List of Tables.

Acknowledgements.

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.

Bibliography.

Index.

Top of Page


Author Information

Shirin M. Rai is Reader in Politics at the University of Warwick.

Top of Page