Gender, Development and Globalization
Economics as if All People Mattered, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2015 – 320 pages
Gender, Development, and Globalization is the leading primer on global feminist economics and development. Lourdes Benería, a pioneer in the field of feminist economics, is joined in this second edition by Gunseli Berik and Maria Floro to update the text to reflect the major theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions and global developments in the last decade. Its interdisciplinary investigation remains accessible to a broad audience interested in an analytical treatment of the impact of globalization processes on development and wellbeing in general and on social and gender equality in particular.
The revision will continue to provide a wide-ranging discussion of the strategies and policies that hold the most promise in promoting equitable and sustainable development. The authors make the case for feminist economics as a useful framework to address major contemporary global challenges, such as inequalities between the global South and North as well as within single countries; persistent poverty; and increasing vulnerability to financial crises, food crises, and climate change. The authors’ approach is grounded in the intellectual current of feminism and human development, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach and focused on the importance of the care economy, increasing pressures faced by women, and the failures of neoliberal reforms to bring about sustainable development, reduction in poverty, inequality, and vulnerability to economic crisis.
"Lourdes Beneria is one of the leaders of thought on gender economics as well as development studies. In this wonderfully interesting book, Beneria discusses and critically assesses the recent trends in the analysis of gender and development issues. It is an accessible and very engaging account and enlightens both the fields as well as the challenges of globalization in the contemporary world." -- Amartya Sen, author of Development As Freedom and Poverty and Famines
"Behold 'Davos Man,' symbol of the international elite that meets regularly in luxurious fortresses to advance its global interests. This book strips off his gilded three-piece suit to reveal a lifeless, brittle piece of molded plastic. Lourdes Beneria's feminist deconstruction of mainstream economics urges us to look in new directions toward a more generous, sustainable, and democratic model of global development." -- Nancy Folbre, author of The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values
"Gender, Development, and Globalization powerfully unmasks the traditional view that narrowly-defined economic development, led by increased market expansion, is the best path toward creating growth and prosperity. Carefully dissecting feminist, economics, and development theory, Beneria uses the lens of feminist economics to develop an alternative understanding and set of solutions that include a broader conception of work and more attention to the role of gender. This book is a 'must read' for those interested in understanding the complex dynamics of an increasing connected world." -- Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics, author of Economics and Feminism: Disturbances in the Field
"This is a valuable book for a number of reasons. It provides an overview of the impact of globalization on gender relations. It synthesizes the key contributions of feminist analysis in the field of economics. And it reminds us that the politics of redistribution is as much a part of a feminist agenda of transformation as the politics of recognition." -- Nalia Kabeer, author of Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought
"Beneria ideas about what to do if we agree that "we cannot continue today on these lines" offer a positive sense that another way of thinking, at least, is already possible… Informative reviews of 1) the history of feminist influences on the field of economics, 2) the dominant ideas shaping development thinking during the late 20th Century and 3) the literature on labor dimensions of globalization and industrial restructuring make this book additionally useful as a reference." -- Journal of Planning Education and Research, Gwen Urey
Introduction 1. On Development, gender and economics 2. The Study of Women and Gender in Economics: An Overview 3. Markets, Globalization and Gender 4. Global/local Connections: Employment Patterns, Gender and Informalization 5. Paid and Unpaid Labor: Meanings and Debates 6. Development as if People Mattered
Lourdes Beneria is Professor of City and Regional Planning and former director of the Gender and Global Change Program and of the Latin American Studies Program at Cornell University. Her work has focused on gender and development, paid/unpaid work, globalization, labor markets and structural adjustment policies, particularly in Latin America.
Günseli Berik is Professor of Economics at the University of Utah, USA. Her research and teaching is in the fields of development economics, gender and development, feminist economics, and political economy of ethnicity, gender, and class. Berik is co-editor of the journal Feminist Economics.
Maria S. Floro is Professor of Economics and co-director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University. Her publications include Credit Markets and the New Institutional Economics, Women's Work in the World Economy, and articles on time allocation, unpaid work, finance, informal employment, vulnerability and poverty.