Gender, Development and Transnational Feminism
Edited by Ann Oberhauser, Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo
To Be Published December 30th 2013 by Routledge – 304 pages
Recent feminist scholarship in development studies has produced new theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and empirical analyses of how women, gender, and feminism are situated within and affect the development process. Transnational feminism in particular offers an innovative approach to understanding the connections between diverse geographical contexts and social relations that intersect with globalization, gendered inequities, livelihoods, and activism.
Gender, Development and Transnational Feminism draws upon theoretical and empirical research to examine how women negotiate and contest gendered political, economic, and social forces in various geographical contexts and regions. Part I explores feminist perspectives on neoliberal globalizationto highlight conceptual issues surrounding public and private provision of services in the context of neoliberal economic and political processes. Part II offers a conceptual synthesis of research methodologies used in gender and development studies with an emphasis on applied aspects of feminist methodologies. Part III examines resources and the environment to explore how environmental disasters, threats and recovery efforts are gendered.Studies from different world regions illustrate the relevance of transnational feminist analyses in mitigating environmental and disaster impacts. Finally, Part IV analyzes gendered mobility and social movements that are linked to global economic, cultural, and political forces. The chapters illustrate how gender roles and power relations in the household and community can be transformed by women’s agency, transnational struggles, and grassroots organizations, while emphasizing human rights and gender equity.
This timely volume provides global case studies and cross-national comparisons to illustrate how the relationship between gender and development traverses multiple scales, and how transnational feminism enriches the field of gender and development. It presents innovative ways to dismantle oppression, enact agency in ways to empower, and challenge hegemonic discourses of globalization and development that support patriarchal and hierarchical patterns of power. This volume will appeal to a broad audience interested in Geography, International Relations, Development Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
1. Introduction Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo and Ann Oberhauser Part I: Feminist Perspectives on Neoliberal Globalization 2. Commercialization of Toilets in Nairobi: Gender Equity and Provision of Public Sanitation Services Jeremia Njeru and Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo 3. Out of the Kitchen’: Gender, Empowerment, and Microfinance Programs in the Global South Seela Aladuwaka and Ann Oberhauser 4. Neoliberalism, Gender and Economic Restructuring in Jamaica Beverley Mullings 5. Stuck in a Groove? Examining Global Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives Vidya Samarasinghe Part II: Gendering the Field: Feminist Research in Action 6. Encountering Subjects: Feminist Fieldwork and Other Research Actions Ann Oberhauser 7. Methodological Issues and Lessons from the Implementation of Gender and Land Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa Urmilla Bob and Krista L. Jacobs 8. Gender, Development, and Geospatial Technology: GIS and GPS in Participatory Poverty Studies Ram Alagan and Deborah Naybor Part III: Resources, the Environment, and Gender 9. Gender, Livelihoods and Climate Change in East Africa Edna Wangui 10. Gender Mapping in Post-Disaster Relief and Recovery Following Sri Lanka’s 2004 Tsunami Ram Alagan and Seela Aladuwaka 11. Gender, Conservation, and Development: Ecodevelopment as a Way Forward? Monica Ogra and Ruchi Badola Part IV: Gendered Mobility, Culture and Mobilization 12. Gendered Mobility and Livelihoods among the Elderly in East Africa Gina Porter 13. Examining Sex Preference among Patrilineal and Matrilineal Societies in 21st Century Ghana Muriel Yeboah 14. Mapping African Liberation Heritage from a Feminist Perspective Marla Jaksch 15. Social movements in Peruvian Politics Maureen Hays-Mitchell 16. Women, Social Mobilization and Access to Land in Nicaragua Bradley Wilson and Alanna Markle 17. Conclusion Ann M. Oberhauser and Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo
Ann M. Oberhauser is Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Women's Studies, Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, USA.
Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo is Professor of Geography at State University New York College at Cortland, USA.