Persistent Inequalities

Persistent Inequalities : Women and World Development

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Synthesizing the vast amount of research done in the last two decades on the roles of women in economic development, this anthology provides both a historical and political overview of the field and a careful examination of major areas of current research. The volume brings together essays by women and men from an international field of scholars representing a wide spectrum of disciplines, including women's studies, economics, sociology, political science, and anthropology. The eminent contributors include Ester Boserup, whose work established the theoretical foundation for the study of women's roles in economic development; she offers a succinct account of her theories as an introduction to the other essays. The first part of the book places the field in a broad historical perspective, showing how far it has come and where it is going, and sets the stage for the ensuing debate in which renowned scholars such as Amartya Sen, Hanna Papanek, Joycelin Massiah, Simi Afonja, and Vina Mazumdar explore in detail two of the most important issues confronting women in the Third World today: the intrahousehold distribution of income and resources and the persistence of patriarchy. A unique contribution to the study of women in developing countries, Persistent Inequalities is certain to become a standard resource for courses in women's studies, development economics, political science, urban studies, sociology, and agricultural more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195059352
  • 9780195059359

Table of contents

Introduction: Irene Tinker: A context for the field and for the book; Ester Boserup: Economic change and the roles of women; Part One: The politics of women in development: Irene Tinker: The making of the field: Advocates, practitioners, scholars; Jane Jacquette: Gender and justice in economic development; Charlotte Bunch & Roxanna Carrillo: Feminist perspectives on women in development; Susan C. Bourque & Kay B. Warren: Access is not enough: Gender perspectives on technology and education; Linda Y.C. Lim: Women's work in export factories: The politics of a cause; Part Two: Intrahousehold distribution and control: Amartya K. Sen: Gender and cooperative conflicts; Benjamin Senauer: The impact of the value of women's time on food and nutrition; Hanna Papanek: To each less than she needs, from each more than she can do: Allocations, entitlements, and value; Part Three: Challenging patriarchy: Vina Mazumdar & Kumud Sharma: Sexual division of labor and the subordination of women: A reappraisal from India; Simi Afonja: Changing patterns of gender stratification in West Africa; Christine Obbo: Women, work, and the articulation of dominance: An East Africa lament; Joycelin Massiah: Defining women's work in the commonwealth Caribbean; Ken more