Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender
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Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender

Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts

This Handbook brings together leading interdisciplinary scholarship on the gendered nature of the international political economy. Spanning a wide range of theoretical traditions and empirical foci, it explores the multifaceted ways in which gender relations constitute and are shaped by global politico-economic processes. It further interrogates the gendered ideologies and discourses that underpin everyday practices from the local to the global. The chapters in this collection identify, analyse, critique and challenge gender-based inequalities, whilst also highlighting the intersectional nature of gendered oppressions in the contemporary world order.
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Chapter 10: Gender and development

Shirin M. Rai

Abstract

This chapter builds on the already existing crossovers between International Development and International Political Economy literatures to show how a gendered lens is important to and constitutive of both. We cannot therefore understand, analyse and theorise International Political Economy without addressing issues of development that have been entangled with the unfolding of global capitalism in the contemporary era. In the chapter the author maps the debates that have been foundational to the gendered analyses of development. The evidence provided suggests that although there has been some improvement in the lives of poor women, the logic of rational distribution of resources (rather than equitable or fair), skill development (as opposed to human freedom) and institutional mainstreaming (rather than institutional transformation) continue to predominate policy circles at the national and international levels. The struggles for gender justice and equality, the chapter concludes, need to continue; an engagement with the debates discussed in this chapter reflect as well as shape these struggles.

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