1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development

ISBN 9780415829083
Published February 19, 2015 by Routledge
594 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development provides a comprehensive statement and reference point for gender and development policy making and practice in an international and multi-disciplinary context. Specifically, it provides critical reviews and appraisals of the current state of gender and development and considers future trends. It includes theoretical and practical approaches as well as empirical studies. The international reach and scope of the Handbook and the contributors’ experiences allow engagement with and reflection upon these bridging and linking themes, as well as the examining the politics and policy of how we think about and practice gender and development.

Organized into eight inter-related sections, the Handbook contains over 50 contributions from leading scholars, looking at conceptual and theoretical approaches, environmental resources, poverty and families, women and health related services, migration and mobility, the effect of civil and international conflict, and international economies and development. This Handbook provides a wealth of interdisciplinary information and will appeal to students and practitioners in Geography, Development Studies, Gender Studies and related disciplines.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction to handbook of gender and development
  2. The Editors

    PART I

    The making of the field- concepts and case studies

  3. Introduction to part I
  4. The Editors

  5. Men, masculinities and development
  6. Jane L. Parpart

  7. Gender mainstreaming: changing the course of development?
  8. Caroline Sweetman

  9. Gender and postcolonialism
  10. Sarah Radcliffe

  11. Gender and religion: gender-critical turns and other turns in post-religious and post-secular feminisms
  12. Maria Jashok

  13. Feminist political ecology
  14. Rebecca Elmhirst

  15. Navigating gender and development
  16. Ragnhild Lund



    Environmental resources- production and protection

  17. Introduction to part II
  18. The Editors

    Land use and agricultural resources

  19. Changing access to land by women in sub-Saharan Africa
  20. Michael Kevane

  21. Gender, agrarian reforms and land rights
  22. Susie Jacobs

  23. Exploring gendered rural spaces of agrobiodiversity management – a case study from Kerala, South India
  24. Isabelle Kunze and Janet Momsen

  25. Gender relations in biodiversity conservation and management
  26. Patricia L. Howard

  27. Gendered dimensions of indigenous fire knowledge retention and revival
  28. Christine Eriksen and Don L. Hankins

    Living Resources

  29. Gender and livestock in developing nations
  30. Alice Hovorka

  31. Fisheries and aquaculture need a gender counter-revolution
  32. Meryl J Williams

    Mining Resources

  33. Gender in and gender and mining: feminist approaches
  34. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

  35. Just picking up stones: gender and technology in a small-scale gold mining site
  36. Hannelore Verbrugge and Steven Van Wolputte


    Population- poverty and patriarchy

  37. Introduction to part III
  38. The Editors

  39. Gender and poverty in the global south
  40. Sylvia Chant

  41. At home in the city? Gender and urban poverty
  42. Ann Varley

  43. Caribbean kinship research: from pathology to structure to negotiated family processes
  44. Christine Barrow

  45. Gender, development, children and young people
  46. Jo Boyden, Gina Crivello and Virginia Morrow

  47. Serving the transnational surrogate market as a development strategy?
  48. Carolin Schurr and Bettina Fredrich


    Health and services- survival and society

  49. Introduction to part IV
  50. The Editors

  51. Gender and health
  52. Barbara Parfitt

  53. Rethinking community and participation in water governance
  54. Farhana Sultana

  55. Gender equality and developing world toilet provision
  56. Clara Greed

  57. Gender, pollution, waste and waste management
  58. Elizabeth Thomas-Hope

    PART V

    Mobilities- services and spaces

  59. Introduction to part V
  60. The Editors

  61. Transnational domestic work and the politics of development
  62. Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Shirlena Huang and Yi’En Cheng

  63. Care, women and migration in the Global South
  64. Eleonore Kofman and Parvati Raghuram

  65. Gender, post-trafficking and citizenship in Nepal
  66. Janet G. Townsend, Nina Laurie, Diane Richardson and Meena Poudel

  67. Female sex trafficking: gendered vulnerability
  68. Vidyamali Samarasinghe

  69. Tourism and cultural landscapes of gender in developing countries
  70. Margaret B. Swain

  71. Impact of ICTs on Muslim women
  72. Salma Abbasi


    Left behinds

  73. Gendered costs to the "left behind": a challenge to the migration and development nexus
  74. Rebecca Torres

  75. Women and public spaces in rural China
  76. Li Sun

  77. The influence of gender and ethnicity in the creation of social space amongst women in rural Sri Lanka
  78. Munira Ismail


    Conflict and post-conflict- victims or victors?

  79. Introduction to part VI
  80. The Editors

  81. La Ruta, the Pacific way: women for a negotiated solution to armed conflict
  82. Adriana Parra-Fox

  83. Gender and post conflict rehabilitation
  84. Colette Harris

  85. Women, camps, and "bare life"
  86. Ayesha Nibbe

  87. Researching sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: methodologies, ethics, and the production of knowledge in an African warscape
  88. Patricia Daley


    Economics- empowerment and enrichment

  89. Introduction to part VII
  90. The Editors

  91. Crisis of capital accumulation and global restructuring of social reproduction: a conceptual note
  92. Faranak Miraftab

  93. Women producers, collective enterprise and Fair Trade
  94. Sally Smith, Elaine Jones and Carol Wills

  95. The entrepreneurial landscape for African women: sectors and characteristics from micro-enterprises to large businesses
  96. Anita Spring

  97. Gendering entrepreneurship in Romania: survival in a post-community borderland
  98. Margareta Amy Lelea

  99. Gender empowerment and microcredit in Bangladesh
  100. Shahnaz Huq-Hussain

  101. Women, micro-credit programs and repayment challenges: the Sri Lankan experience
  102. Seela Aladuwaka


    Development organizations- people and institutions

  103. Introduction to part VIII
  104. The Editors

  105. Promoting gender equality in the changing global landscape on international development cooperation
  106. Rosalind Eyben

  107. Gender equality, women's empowerment and the UN: what is it all about?
  108. Patricia Holden

  109. Building gender into vulnerability analysis: an example using the ‘crunch’ model
  110. Vu Minh Hai, Ines Smyth and Anne Coles

  111. Development people: How does gender matter?
  112. Anne-Meike Fechter

  113. Engendering understandings of faith-based organizations: intersections between religion and gender in development and humanitarian interventions

          Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

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Anne Coles is a Research Associate at the International Gender Studies Centre, Oxford University, UK. She was previously a senior social development adviser in Britain’s Department for International Development and has chaired two development NGOs. Her research interests include migration, people’s responses to harsh environments, and public health. Recent publications include Gender, Water and Development, Gender and Family among Transnational Professionals (as co-editor and contributor), and Windtower (2007, reprinted 2009).

Leslie Gray is a geographer and Executive Director of the Environmental Studies Institute at Santa Clara University, USA. Her current research considers agrarian and environmental change in Burkina Faso and food justice in California. She has published articles on environmental policy, land degradation, and women’s access to resources in Burkina Faso and Sudan. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright/IIE and the Social Science Research Council.

Janet Momsen has taught at universities in the UK, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the USA. She is Emerita Professor of Geography at the University of California, Davis, USA and was a Board member of AWID. She is currently a Senior Research Associate in the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, a Research Associate in the International Gender Studies Centre at Oxford University, and a Trustee of the development NGO, INTRAC. She has published over 170 articles in refereed journals and chapters in books and authored or edited 18 books.


"The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development is a comprehensive - and excellent - addition to contemporary scholarship in the field of gender and development (GAD). It provides a substantial compendium of individual articles gathered into eight thematic chapters, and covering a broad range of substantive, theoretical and conceptual issues pertaining to gender analyses of development in global contexts. The editors, themselves very experienced academics and authors in this area, have gathered together valuable contributions from both well-known scholars and from newer voices from all over the world to compile this collection."Gender & Development, Suzanne Clisby, University of Hull, UK