The Gender Politics of Development: Essays in Hope and Despair (Paperback)


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In The Gender Politics of Development Shirin Rai provides a comprehensive assessment of how gender politics has emerged and developed in post-colonial states. 

In chapters on key issues of nationalism and nation-building, the third wave of democratization and globalization and governance, Rai argues that the gendered way in which nationalist statebuilding occured created deep fissures and pressures for development. She goes on to show how women have engaged with institutions of governance in developing countries, looking in particular at political participation, deliberative democracy, representation, leadership and state feminism. Through this engagement, Rai claims, vital new political spaces have been created. Though Rai focuses in-depth on how these debates have played out in India, the book's argument is highly relevant for politics across the developing world. 

This is a unique and compelling synthesis of gender politics with ideas about development from an authoritative figure in the field. 

About the Author

Shirin Rai is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781842778388
ISBN-10: 1842778382
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2008
Pages: 224
Language: English