Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance
By Amy Lind
Routledge – 2010 – 240 pages
This book addresses how sexual practices and identities are imagined and regulated through development discourses and within institutions of global governance.
The underlying premise of this volume is that the global development industry plays a central role in constructing people’s sexual lives, access to citizenship, and struggles for livelihood. Despite the industry’s persistent insistence on viewing sexuality as basically outside the realm of economic modernization and anti-poverty programs, this volume brings to the fore heterosexual bias within macroeconomic and human rights development frameworks. The work fills an important gap in understanding how people’s intimate lives are governed through heteronormative policies which typically assume that the family is based on blood or property ties rather than on alternative forms of kinship. By placing heteronormativity at the center of analysis, this anthology thus provides a much-needed discussion about the development industry’s role in pathologizing sexual deviance yet also, more recently, in helping make visible a sexual rights agenda.
Providing insights valuable to a range of disciplines, this book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Development Studies, Gender Studies, and International Relations. It will also be highly relevant to development practitioners and international human rights advocates.
'This book will be a rich and insightful tool for a wide range of development-related practitioners, students, and activists.' -Lucille C. Atkin, Gender & Development, Vol. 19, 1, March 2011
Introduction: Development, Global Governance, and Sexual Subjectivities Amy Lind Part 1: Querying/Queering Development: Theories, Representations, Strategies 1. Why the Development Industry Should Get Over its Obsession with Bad Sex and Start to Think about Pleasure Susie Jolly 2. Transgendering Development: Reframing Hijras and Development Jyoti Puri 3. Querying Feminist Economics’ Straight Path to Development: Household Models Reconsidered Suzanne Bergeron Part 2: Negotiating Heteronormativity in Development Institutions 4. The World Bank’s GLOBE: Queers in/Queering Development Andil Gosine 5. NGOs as Erotic Sites Ara Wilson 6. Promoting Exports, Restructuring Love: How the World Bank Manages Policy Tensions through Heteronormativity in the Flower Industry Kate Bedford 7. ’Headless Families’ and ‘Detoured Men’: Off the Straight Path of Modern Development in Bolivia Susan Paulson Part 3: Resisting Global Hegemonies, Struggling for Sexual Rights and Gender Justice 8. Spelling It Out: From Alphabet Soup to Sexual Rights and Gender Justice Sangeeta Budhiraja, Susana T. Fried and Alexandra Teixeira 9. Disrupting Gender Normativity in the Middle East: Supporting Gender Transgression as a Development Strategy Petra Doan 10. Behind the Mask: Developing LGBTI Visibility in Africa Ashley Currier 11. Queer Dominican Moves: In the Interstices of Colonial Legacies and Global Impulses Maja Horn
Amy Lind is Mary Ellen Heintz Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and faculty affiliate of the Department of Sociology and the School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati, USA.