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Feminist Economics and the World Bank : History, theory and policy - Drucilla K. Barker

Feminist Economics and the World Bank

History, theory and policy

By: Drucilla K. Barker (Editor), Edith Kuiper (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415700641
Number Of Pages: 264

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The past decade has witnessed a paradigm shift at the World Bank from a focus on structural adjustment to a focus on poverty reduction. As evidenced by the Bank's 2001 report, Engendering Development: Through Rights, Resource and Voice, an increased attention to gender issues has been an important part of this process.

This book brings together a range of responses from feminist economists and other social researchers on the issues raised in this report. With contributions from highly esteemed scholars such as Eudine Barriteau, Diane Elson, Gale Summerfield, and Zafiris Tzannatos, this anthology critically examines the relationships between gender, growth, development, and the World Bank by:

  • developing a history of the World Bank's perspectives on gender

  • empirically evaluating the impacts of the Banks' policies on three different regions of the world

  • exploring the ideological and methodological commitments of the report from a variety of feminist and interdisciplinary social science perspectives

  • enquiring into future directions for feminist economics research.

Highlighting the importance and challenge of taking gender into account in development theory and policy, this book's complex and nuanced analyses of the social relations of gender in a global context make it an important resource for policymakers, activists and scholars alike.

Feminist economics and the World Bank : an introductionp. 1
The World Bank, development, adjustment and gender equalityp. 13
An assessment of efforts to promote gender equality at the World Bankp. 40
Rhetoric and realities : a commentp. 57
Engendering development : a critiquep. 65
Engendering agricultural technology for Africa's farmers : promises and pitfallsp. 79
Taking gender differences in bargaining power seriously : equity, labor standards, and living wagesp. 94
World Bank discourse and World Bank policy in Engendering development : a commentp. 117
Colonizing knowledge : economics and interdisciplinarity in Engendering developmentp. 127
Adjustment with a woman's face : gender and macroeconomic policy at the World Bankp. 142
Gender and intrahousehold decision-making : international migration and other frontiers for development policyp. 162
Engendering development or gender main-streaming? : a critical assessment from the Commonwealth Caribbeanp. 176
"Disciplining" and "engendering" the World Bank : a commentp. 199
A seat at the table : feminist economists negotiate developmentp. 209
Why feminist economists should pay more attention to the coherence between the World Bank and the WTOp. 218
Engendering the German parliamentary commission report on "globalization of the world economy"p. 232
Women's rights and Engendering developmentp. 243
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ISBN: 9780415700641
ISBN-10: 0415700647
Series: Routledge IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 15th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1