Searching for Security: Women's Responses to Economic Transformations, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Searching for Security

Women's Responses to Economic Transformations, 1st Edition

By Isa Baud, Ines Smyth


176 pages

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Human Security is a development buzzword of the 1990s. To attain security people need to be safe from natural disasters, such as famine, and 'man-made' problems, such as unemployment. Women are a particularly insecure section of society with the impact of deprivation disproportionately shouldered by women throughout the developing world.

Searching for Security examines how economic, political and environmental factors have contributed to increased gender insecurity in the last decade. Analyzing the impacts of insecurity-inducing global changes on the lives of women throughout the developing world, the book discusses the gender responses to these changing circumstances from Africa to Malaysia, Hungary to the Caribbean.

By examining the impact of liberal economic policies, and to a lesser extent the impact of war, rape and environmental damage on the lives of women, this collection of essays makes a timely contribution to emerging policy efforts to recognize and address the issue of gender insecurity.


'This is a timely book and the style is a model of clarity. The volume makes concrete suggestions for enhancing economic and political security for women in the midst of global restructuring - Swasti Mitter, Development and Change

About the Authors

Isa Baud is associate Professor of the Institute of Human Geography, University of Amsterdam; Ines Smyth has recently joined OXFAM as a Policy Advisor.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Development and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General