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Women, Literacy and Development : ROUTLEDGE STUDIES IN LITERACY - Anna Robinson-Pant

Women, Literacy and Development


By: Anna Robinson-Pant (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 12th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415322393
Number Of Pages: 272

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Women's literacy is often assumed to be the key to promoting better health, family planning and nutrition in the developing world. This has dominated much development research and has led to women's literacy being promoted by governments and aid agencies as the key to improving the lives of poor families. High dropout rates from literacy programmes suggest that the assumed link between women's literacy and development can be disputed.

This book explores why women themselves want to learn to read and write and why, all too often, they decide that literacy classes are not for them.

Bringing together the experiences of researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in more than a dozen countries, this edited volume presents alternative viewpoints on gender, development and literacy through detailed first-hand accounts. Rather than seeing literacy as a set of technical skills to be handed over in classrooms, these writers give new meaning to key terms such as 'barriers', 'culture', 'empowerment' and 'motivation'.

Divided into three sections, this text examines new research approaches, a gendered perspective on literacy policy and programming, and implementation of literacy projects in African, Asian and South American contexts. With new insights and groundbreaking research, this collection will interest academics and professionals working in the fields of development, education and gender studies.

Questioning Women's Literacy: New Research Approaches
The Illiterate Woman: Changing Approaches to Researching Women's Literacy
Distorted Mirrors: (de)centring of the 'illiterate Indian Village Woman' Through Ethnographic Research Narratives
Implications of the New Literacy Studies for Researching Women's Literacy Programmes
Creating the Gender Text: Literacy and Discourse in Rural El Salvador
Qualitative Methods in Researching Women's Literacy
A Case Study
A Self-Reflexive Analysis of Power and Positionality: Toward a Feminist Praxis
Identifying the Issues
A Gendered Perspective on Literary Policy and Programming
Functional Literacy, Gender and Identities: Policy and Practice
Women are Lions in Dresses: Negotiating Gender Relations in REFLECT Learning Circles in Lesotho
Closing the gap: Issues in Gender Integrated Training of Adult Literacy Facilitators: Possibilities, Progress and Resistance
Women, Literacy, Development and Gender
A Telling Case Involving a HIV Positive Woman Donna Bulman
Learning from Experience
I Will Stay Here Until I Die
A Critical Analysis of the Muthande Literacy Programme
We Were Nowhere nbsp;We Were Not (present) on Any Maps nbsp;Literacy Brought us to the Forefront: Literacy and Empowering Processes for Dalit Community Women in a Mumbai Slum
Why as girls we were kept out of school, but now we joined the group: The role of family politics in women's literacy
A case study in the outskirts of Mexico City
Afterword: Reading ethnographic research in a policy context
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ISBN: 9780415322393
ISBN-10: 0415322391
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 12th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1