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Feminist Economics and the World Bank
History, theory and policy

ISBN 9780415763813
Published January 13, 2006 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

The past decade has witnessed a paradigm shift at the World Bank from a focus on structural adjustment to a focus on poverty reduction. As evidenced by the Bank’s 2001 report, Engendering Development: Through Rights, Resource and Voice, an increased attention to gender issues has been an important part of this process.

This book brings together a range of responses from feminist economists and other social researchers on the issues raised in this report. With contributions from highly esteemed scholars such as Eudine Barriteau, Diane Elson, Gale Summerfield, and Zafiris Tzannatos, this anthology critically examines the relationships between gender, growth, development, and the World Bank by:

  • developing a history of the World Bank’s perspectives on gender
  • empirically evaluating the impacts of the Banks’ policies on three different regions of the world
  • exploring the ideological and methodological commitments of the report from a variety of feminist and interdisciplinary social science perspectives
  • enquiring into future directions for feminist economics research.

The book shows the importance and challenge of taking gender into account in development theory and policy. Its complex and nuanced analyses of the social relations of gender in a global context will be an important resource for policymakers, activists, and scholars alike.

Table of Contents

Contents  List Of Illustrations  Notes On Contributors  Acknowledgements  1. Feminist Economics And The World Bank: An Introduction  Part 1: Gender And The World Bank: An Institutional History  2. The World Bank, Development, Adjustment, And Gender Equality  3. An Assessment Of Efforts To Promote Gender Equality At The World Bank  4. Comment  Part 2: Policy Evaluations   5. Engendering Development  6. Engendering Agricultural Technology For Africa’s Farmers  7. Taking Gender Differences In Bargaining Power Seriously: Equity, Labor Standards, And Living Wages  8. Comment  Part 3: Disciplinary Paradigms/ Development Paradigms   9. Colonizing Knowledge  10. Adjustment With A Woman’s Face  11. Gender And Intrahousehold Decision-Making  12. Engendering Development Or Gender Main-Streaming?  13. Comment  Part 4: Explorations: Future Directions Of Feminist Research   14. A Seat At The Table  15. Why Feminist Economists Should Pay More Attention To The Coherence Between The World Bank And The WTO  16. Engendering The German Parliamentary Commission Report On Globalization Of The World Economy  17. Women’s Rights And Engendering Development

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Edith Kuiper is researcher at the Department of Economics & Econometrics at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Drucilla K. Barker is Professor of Economics & Women’s Studies at Hollins University, Virginia, U.S.A.