Informal associations among women in developing countries constitute an important source of vitality and integrity for women. This book evaluates the impact of development programs on women’s informal associations and sharpens our understanding of them. The participation of women in development via their informal networks presents a dilemma insofar
Table of Contents
Preface: Making Women Visible -- Women’s Informal Associations in Perspective -- Toward a Definition -- Women’s Informal Associations -- Dynamics of the Informal Sphere -- Informal Associations: Defensive or Active? -- Women’s Economic Associations: Patterns in the Redistribution of Resources -- Women’s Ritual and Religious Associations: Patterns of Authority and Power -- Linkages to the Formal Sphere -- Personal Connections -- Institutional Linkages and Group Organization for Development -- Some Concluding Guidelines
"Kathryn S. March is assistant professor of anthropology, women’s studies, and Asian studies at Cornell University and is a fellow at Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College. Rachelle L. Taqqu received her MBA from the Cornell Graduate School of Management and has taught at both Stanford and Cornell universities."