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Gender, Poverty, and Development

Edited by Sylvia Chant, Gwendolyn Beetham

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Serious research into the problematic and contested relationship between notions of gender, poverty, and development continues to blossom. Indeed, the work of scholars in this cross-disciplinary field supports numerous international journals, regional organizations, and global conferences. Moreover, as the formal end of the Millennium Development Goals era approaches—after which a new set of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ for the so-called ‘Post-2015 Agenda’ are sure to feature gender—such research is destined to grow still further.

To make some sense of the wide range of approaches and complex theories that have informed thinking in this area, Routledge announces a new title in its acclaimed Critical Concepts in Development Studies series. Edited by a leading and emerging scholar with an international reputation, Gender, Poverty, and Development is a definitive, four-volume collection of cutting-edge and foundational research which provides users with a ‘mini library’ on the gendered dimensions of the causes, contexts, and consequences of international poverty.

The collection is fully indexed and supplemented with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editors, which places the gathered materials in their historical and intellectual context. Gender, Poverty, and Development will be particularly useful as a database allowing scattered and often fugitive material to be easily located. It will also be welcomed as a crucial tool permitting rapid access to less familiar—and sometimes overlooked—texts. For scholars, students, policy-makers, and development professionals, this is an essential one-stop research and pedagogic resource.

Table of Contents

VOLUME I: Key Approaches and Concepts

Editors' Introduction to Volume I.

Part 1: Conceptual Approaches to Gender and Poverty in Relation to Household Dynamics, Divisions of Labour, and Sexuality

1. Susan Bergeron, ‘Querying Feminist Economics’ Straight Path to Development: Household Models Reconsidered’, in Amy Lind and Susan Bergeron (eds.), Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance (Routledge, 2010), pp. 54–63.

2. Debbie Budlender, Why Should We Care about Unpaid Care Work? (UNIFEM, 2004), pp. 1–43.

3. Chronic Poverty Research Centre, Stemming Girls’ Chronic Poverty: Summary (Chronic Poverty Research Centre, 2010), pp. 1–15.

4. Nancy Folbre, ‘Hearts and Spades: Paradigms of Household Economics’, World Development, 1986, 14, 2, 245–55.

5. Sarah Gammage, ‘Time Pressed and Time Poor: Unpaid Household Work in Guatemala’, Feminist Economics, 2010, 16, 3, 79–112.

6. Mercedes González de la Rocha, ‘From the Resources of Poverty to the Poverty of Resources: The Erosion of a Survival Model’, Latin American Perspectives, 2001, 28, 4, 72–100.

7. Pinar Ilkkaracan and Susie Jolly, Gender and Sexuality: Overview Report (BRIDGE, University of Sussex, 2007), pp. 1–8.

8. Deniz Kandiyoti, ‘Bargaining with the Patriarchy’, in Judith Lorber and Susan Farrell (eds.), The Social Construction of Gender (Sage, 1991), pp. 104–18.

9. Caroline Moser, ‘Grappling with Poverty: From Asset Vulnerability to Asset Accumulation’, Ordinary Families, Extraordinary Lives: Assets and Poverty Reduction in Guayaquil, 1978–2004 (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), pp. 17–41.

10. Carole Rakodi, ‘A Capital Assets Framework for Analysing Household Livelihood Strategies: Implications for Policy’, Development Policy Review, 1999, 17, 315–42.

11. Saskia Sassen, ‘Counter-geographies of Globalisation: Feminization of Survival’, in Kriemild Saunders (ed.), Feminist Post-Development Thought (Zed, 2002), pp. 89–104.

12. Gita Sen, ‘Poverty as a Gendered Experience: The Policy Implications’, Poverty in Focus, 2008, 13, 7–8.

Part 2: Feminization of Poverty

13. Sylvia Chant ‘The "Feminisation of Poverty" and the "Feminisation" of Anti-Poverty Programmes: Room for Revision?’, Journal of Development Studies, 2008, 44, 2, 165–97.

14. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, ‘What Does Feminization of Poverty Mean? It Isn’t Just Lack of Income’, Feminist Economics, 1999, 5, 2, 99–103.

15. Marcelo Medeiros and Joana Costa, ‘Is there a Feminization of Poverty in Latin America?’, World Development, 2008, 36, 1, 115–27.

Part 3: Gender, Structural Adjustment, and Economic Crisis

16. Lourdes Benería, ‘Structural Adjustment, the Labour Market and the Household: The Case of Mexico’, in Guy Standing and Victor Tokman (eds.), Towards Social Adjustment (International Labour Organization, 1991), pp. 161–83.

17. Diane Elson, ‘The Impact of Structural Adjustment on Women: Concepts and Issues’, in Bade Onimode (ed.), The IMF, the World Bank and the African Debt, Vol. 2 (‘The Social and Political Impact’) (Zed, 1989), pp. 55–74.

18. Ingrid Palmer, ‘Gender, Equity and Economic Efficiency in Adjustment Programmes’, in Haleh Afshar and Carolyne Dennis (eds.), Women and Adjustment Policies in the Third World (Macmillan, 1992), pp. 69–83.

Part 4: Quantifying Gendered Poverty and Inequality: Measures and Indicators

19. Elizabeth Durbin, ‘Towards a Gendered Human Poverty Measure’, Feminist Economics, 1999, 5, 2, 105–8.

20. Nancy Folbre, ‘Measuring Care: Gender, Empowerment and the Care Economy’, Journal of Human Development, 2006, 7, 2, 183–99.

21. Thomas Pogge, ‘Advancing the Scope of Gender and Poverty Indices: An Agenda and Work in Progress’, in Sylvia Chant (ed.), International Handbook of Gender and Poverty (Elgar, 2010), pp. 53–8.

22. Ann Whitehead and Matthew Lockwood, ‘Gendering Poverty: A Review of Six World Bank African Poverty Assessments’, Development and Change, 1999, 30, 3, 525–55.

Volume II: Gender and Poverty in the Domestic Domain

Editor’s Introduction to Volume II

Part 1: Gender, Households, and Poverty

23. Katherine Brickell and Sylvia Chant, ‘"The Unbearable Heaviness of Being": Reflections on Female Altruism in Cambodia, Philippines, The Gambia and Costa Rica’, Progress in Development Studies, 2010, 10, 2, 145–59.

24. Jane Collier; Michelle Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako, ‘Is There a Family? New Anthropological Views’, in Roger N. Lancaster and Michaela di Leonardo (eds.), The Gender/Sexuality Reader (Routledge, 1997), pp. 71–81.

25. Judith Bruce and Daisy Dwyer, ‘Introduction’, in Daisy Dwyer and Judith Bruce (eds.), A Home Divided: Women and Income in the Third World (Stanford University Press, 1988), pp. 1–19.

26. Rosa N. Geldstein, ‘Gender Bias and Family Distress: The Privatization Experience in Argentina’, Journal of International Affairs, 1997, 50, 2, 545–71.

27. Carol Hetler, ‘Survival Strategies, Migration and Household Headship’, in Leela Duba and Rajini Palriwala (eds.), Structures and Strategies: Women, Work and Family (Sage, 1990), pp. 175–99.

28. Jeanne Frances Illo, ‘Who Heads the Household? Women in Households in the Philippines’, Who Heads the Household? Women in Households in the Philippines (Sage, 1992), pp. 181–201.

29. Sonia Jesmin and Sarah Salway, ‘Marriage Among the Urban Poor of Dhaka: Instability and Uncertainty’, Journal of International Development, 2000, 12, 689–705.

30. Naila Kabeer and Susan Joekes, ‘Researching the Household: Methodological and Empirical Issues’, IDS Bulletin, 1991, 22, 1, 1–4.

31. Henrietta L. Moore, ‘Mothering and Social Responsibilities in a Cross-Cultural Perspective’, in Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva (ed.), Good Enough Mothering? Feminist Perspectives On Lone Motherhood (Routledge, 1996), pp. 58–76.

32. Ruth Pearson, ‘Renegotiating the Reproductive Bargain: Gender Analysis of Economic Transition in Cuba in the 1990s’, Development and Change, 1997, 28, 671–705.

33. Agnes R. Quisumbing, ‘What Have We Learned from Research on Intra-Household Allocation?’, in Agnes R. Quisumbing (ed.), Household Decisions, Gender and Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research (International Food Policy and Research Institute, 2003), pp. 1–16.

34. Penelope Roberts, ‘Anthropological Perspectives on the Household’, IDS Bulletin, 1991, 22, 1, 60–4.

35. Penny Vera-Sanso, ‘"Whose Money is it?": On Misconceiving Female Autonomy and Economic Empowerment in Low-income Households’, IDS Bulletin, 2008, 39, 6, 51–9.

Part 2: Female-headed Households and Poverty

36. Rae Lesser Blumberg with García, Maria Pilar, ‘The Political Economy of the Mother-Child Family: A Cross-Societal View’, in Luis Leñero-Otero (ed.), Beyond the Nuclear Family Model (Sage, 1977), pp. 99–162

37. David Lewis, ‘Going it Alone: Female-headed Households, Rights and Resources in Rural Bangladesh’, Development and Change, 1993, 5, 2, 23–42.

38. Thomas Merrick and Marianne Schmink, ‘Households Headed by Women and Urban Poverty in Brazil’, in Mayra Buvinic, Margaret A. Lycette, and William Paul McGreevey (eds.), Women and Poverty in the Third World (Johns Hopkins, 1983), pp. 224–71.

39. Helen Safa, ‘Female-headed Households in the Caribbean: Sign of Pathology or Alternative Form of Family Organisation?’, Brown Journal of World Affairs, 1998, 5, 2, 203–14.

40. Ann Varley, ‘Women-headed Households: Some More Equal than Others?’, World Development, 1996, 24, 3, 505–20.

41. Nadia Youssef and Carol Hetler, ‘Establishing the Economic Condition of Women-Headed Households in the Third World: A New Approach’, in Mayra Buvinic, Margeret A. Lycette, and William Paul McGreevey (eds.), Women and Poverty in the Third World (Johns Hopkins, 1983), pp. 216–43.

Part 3: Reproductive Rights and Gender Discrimination

42. Barbara Harriss and Elizabeth Watson, ‘The Sex Ratio in South Asia’, in Janet Momsen and Janet Townsend (eds.), Geography of Gender in the Third World (Hutchinson, 1987), pp. 85–115.

43. Betsy Hartmann and Elizabeth Barajas-Román, ‘The Population Time Bomb is Back: With a Global Warming Twist’, in Nalini Visvanathan, Lynn Duggan, Nan Wiegersma, and Laurie Nisonoff (eds.), The Women, Gender and Development Reader, 2nd edn. (Zed, 2011), pp. 327–33.

44. Ines Smyth, ‘Gender Analysis of Family Planning: Beyond the "Feminist vs. Population Control" Debate’, in Cecile Jackson and Ruth Pearson (eds.), Feminist Visions of Development (Routledge, 1998), pp. 217–38.

45. Esther Wangari, ‘Reproductive Technologies: A Third World Feminist Perspective’, in Kriemild Saunders (ed.), Feminist Post-Development Thought: Rethinking Modernity, Post-colonialism and Representation (Zed, 2002), pp. 298–312.

Volume III: Gendered Poverties in Relation to Health, Labour Markets, and Assets

Editor’s Introduction to Volume III.

Part 1: Health

46. Jo Beall, ‘In Sickness and in Health: Engendering Health Policy for Development’, Third World Planning Review, 1998, 17, 2, 213–22.

47. Janet Bujra, ‘Targeting Men for a Change: AIDS Discourse and Activism in Africa’, in Frances Cleaver (ed.), Masculinities Matter: Men, Gender and Development (Zed, 2003), pp. 209–34.

48. Catherine Campbell, ‘Migrancy, Masculine Identities and AIDS: The Psychosocial Context of HIV Transmission on the South African Gold Mines’, Social Science and Medicine, 1997, 45, 2, 273–81.

49. Daniel Jordan Smith, ‘Imagining HIV/AIDS: Morality and Perceptions of Personal Risk in Nigeria’, Medical Anthropology, 2003, 22, 4, 343–72.

Part 2: Employment and Labour Markets

50. Martha Alter Chen, Marilyn Carr, and Joann Vanek, Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction: A Handbook for Policymakers and Other Stakeholders (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2004), pp. 1–26.

51. Diane Elson, ‘Labor Markets as Gendered Institutions: Equality, Efficiency and Empowerment Issues’, World Development, 1999, 27, 3, 611–27.

52. Brígida García and Orlandina De Oliveira, ‘Motherhood and Extra-domestic Work in Urban Mexico’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 1997, 16, 3, 367–84.

53. James Heintz, ‘Poverty, Employment, and Globalisation: A Gender Perspective’, Poverty in Focus, 2008, 13, 12–13.

54. Joanna Lessinger, ‘Work and Modesty: The Dilemma of Women Market Traders in Madras’, in Leela Dube and Rajni Pariwala (eds.), Structures and Strategies: Women, Work and Family (Sage, 1990), pp. 129–50.

55. Sharon McClenaghan, ‘Women, Work and Empowerment: Romanticising the Reality’, in Elizabeth Dore (ed.), Gender Politics in Latin America (Monthly Review Press, 1997), pp. 19–35.

56. Nici Nelson, ‘How Women and Men Got By and Still Get By (Only Not So Well): The Gender Division of Labour in a Nairobi Shanty Town’, in Josef Gugler (ed.), Cities in the Developing World: Issues, Theory, Policy (Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 156–70.

57. Raghnild Overå, ‘When Men Do Women’s Work: Structural Adjustment, Unemployment and Changing Gender Relations in the Informal Economy of Accra, Ghana’, Journal of Modern African Studies, 2007, 45, 4, 539–63.

58. Stephanie Seguino, ‘The Global Economic Crisis, its Gender and Ethnic Implications, and Policy Responses’, Gender and Development, 2010, 18, 2, 179–99.

59. Guy Standing, ‘Global Feminisation Through Flexible Labor’, World Development, 1989, 17, 7, 1077–95.

Part 3: Assets and Social Capital

60. Chant, Sylvia, ‘Cities Through a "Gender Lens": A Golden "Urban Age" for Women in the Global South?’, Environment and Urbanization, 2013, 25, 1, 9–29.

61. Carmen Diana Deere and Cheryl Doss, ‘The Gender Asset Gap: What do We Know and Why Does it Matter?’, Feminist Economics, 2006, 12, 1, 1–50.

62. Sara Jordan and Fritz Wagner, ‘Meeting Women’s Needs and Priorities for Water and Sanitation in Cities’, Environment and Urbanization, 1993, 5, 2, 135–45.

63. Sunil Kumar, ‘Gender, Livelihoods and Rental Housing Markets in the Global South: The Urban Poor as Landlords and Tenants’, in Sylvia Chant (ed.), The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy (Edward Elgar, 2010), pp. 367–72.

64. Faranak Miraftab, ‘Risks and Opportunities in Gender Gaps to Access Shelter: A Platform for Intervention’, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 2001, 15, 1, 143–60.

65. Willis, Katie, ‘Women’s Work and Social Network Use in Oaxaca City, Mexico’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 1993, 12, 1, 65–82.

Volume IV: Gender, Poverty, and Policy Interventions

Editor’s Introduction to Volume IV.

Part 1: Policy Approaches: Development ‘Goals’, Gender Mainstreaming, and ‘Women’s Empowerment’

66. Peggy Antrobus, ‘MDGs—The Most Distracting Gimmick’, in Women’s International Coalition for Economic Justice (ed.), Seeking Accountability on Women’s Human Rights: Women Debate the UN Millennium Development Goals (WICEJ, 2004), pp. 14–16.

67. Kate Bedford, ‘The Imperative of Male inclusion: How Institutional Context Influences World Bank Gender Policy’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2007, 9, 3, 289–311.

68. Gwendolyn Beetham, ‘Gender, Poverty and Aid Architecture’, in S. Chant (ed.), The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty (Elgar, 2010), pp. 497–503.

69. Sylvia Chant and Matthew C. Gutmann, ‘"Men-streaming" Gender? Questions for Gender and Development Policy in the Twenty-First Century’, Progress in Development Studies, 2002, 2, 4, 269–82.

70. Sylvia Chant and Caroline Sweetman, ‘Fixing Women or Fixing the World? "Smart Economics", Efficiency Approaches, and Gender Equality in Development’, Gender and Development, 2012, 20, 3, 517–29.

71. Andrea Cornwall and Nana Akua Anyidoho, ‘Introduction: Women’s Empowerment: Contentions and Contestations’, Development, 2010, 53, 2, 144–9.

72. Diane Elson, ‘Gender Budget Initiatives and Women’s Human Rights’, Budgeting for Women’s Rights: Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW (UNIFEM, 2006), pp. 37–45.

73. Cecile Jackson, ‘Rescuing Gender from the Poverty Trap’, World Development, 1996, 24, 3, 489–504.

74. Naila Kabeer, ‘Resources, Agency, Achievements: Reflections on the Measurement of Women’s Empowerment’, Development and Change, 1999, 30, 3, 435–64.

75. Amy Lind, ‘Making Feminist Sense of Neoliberalism: The Institutionalisation of Women’s Struggles for Survival in Ecuador and Bolivia’, Journal of Developing Societies, 2002, 18, 2–3, 228–58.

76. Caroline Moser, ‘Gender Planning in the Third World: Meeting Practical and Strategic Gender Needs’, World Development, 1989, 17, 11, 1799–825.

77. Jane Parpart, ‘Exploring the Transformative Potential of Gender Mainstreaming in International Development Institutions’, Journal of International Development, 2013.

78. Lisa Ann Richey, ‘Brand Aid? How Shopping Has Become "Saving African Women and Children with AIDS"’, in S. Chant (ed.), International Handbook of Gender and Poverty (Elgar, 2010), pp. 504–9.

79. Ananya Roy, Against the Feminization of Policy, Comparative Urban Studies Project Policy Brief (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2002).

80. Hania Sholkamy, ‘Power, Politics and Development in the Arab Context: Or How Can Rearing Chicks Change Patriarchy’, Development, 2010, 53, 2, 254–8.

Part 2: Poverty Reduction Programmes: PRSPs, CCTs, and Microfinance

81. Sarah Bradshaw, ‘From Structural Adjustment to Social Adjustment: A Gendered Analysis of Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes in Mexico and Nicaragua’, Global Social Policy, 2008, 8, 2, 188–207.

82. Mayra Buvinic and Geeta Rao Gupta, ‘Female-headed Households and Female-Maintained Families: Are They Worth Targeting to Reduce Poverty in Developing Countries?’, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 1997, 45, 2, 259–80.

83. Supriya Garikipati, ‘The Impact of Lending to Women on Household Vulnerability and Women’s Empowerment: Evidence From India’, World Development, 2008, 36, 12, 2620–42.

84. Cindy Lewis, ‘Microfinance From the Point of View of Women With Disabilities: Lessons From Zambia and Zimbabwe’, Gender and Development, 2004, 12, 1, 28–39.

85. Kate Maclean, ‘Capitalising on Women’s Social Capital: Gender and Microfinance in Bolivia’, in S. Chant (ed.), International Handbook of Gender and Poverty (Elgar, 2010), pp. 569–74.

86. Linda Mayoux, ‘Poverty Reduction, Women’s Empowerment and Microfinance: The African Evidence’, Women’s Empowerment or Feminisation of Debt? Towards a New Agenda in African Microfinance (One World Action, 2002), pp. 11–20.

87. Maxine Molyneux, ‘Mothers at the Service of the New Poverty Agenda: Progresa/Oportunidades, Mexico’s Conditional Transfer Programme’, Journal of Social Policy and Administration, 2006, 40, 4, 425–49.

88. Katharine Rankin, ‘Governing Development: Neoliberalism, Microcredit, and Rational Economic Woman’, Economy and Society, 2001, 30, 1, 18–37.

89. Kalpana Wilson, ‘From Missionaries to Microcredit: "Race", Agency, and Gender in Neoliberal Development’, in Nalini Visvanathan, Lynn Duggan, L. Nisonoff, and N. Wiegersma (eds.), The Women, Gender and Development Reader (Zed, 2011), pp. 99–101.

90. Elaine Zuckerman, ‘Engendering Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs): The Issues and Challenges’, Development, 2002, 10, 3, 88–94.

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