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Policy, politics & gender : women gaining ground
Staudt, Kathleen A.
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Publication Information:
West Hartford, Conn. : Kumarian Press, 1998.
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vi, 243 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Reading Level:
1420 Lexile.

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*Covers NGO, government agency, and international agency policies *Addresses key policy areas, such as education and work, through gender analysis Policy, Politics & Gender identifies and develops the connections between women's politics and public policies and practices. Staudt focuses on political activism, underscoring strategies that have influenced great change in policies. By examining the realities of social change from all perspectives, we are reminded that every institution is a source of and site for struggle.

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A critique of modernization in the Third World suggests that the status of women is altered with the introduction of modern agricultural techniques and industrialization. Staudt (Univ. of Texas-El Paso) envisions this book as an up-to-date analysis of women and gender in international development in both hemispheres, one that is readable and insightful for students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners. She succeeds by providing the novice with a working knowledge of the terminology and evolution of this specialized field. In surveying women and work, education, reproduction, and violent crime, she presents several global commonalities: higher illiteracy rates for women, sexism in education, a wage gap, a sex-stratified paid labor force, a preference for sons, and widespread violence against women. In a case study of six developed nations' approaches to women in development, she demonstrates that institutions, party systems, and bureaucracies do matter but that men dominate and resist gender programs. For many readers, however, an integrated narrative approach is preferable. There are several recent edited books on this topic, including the author's own Women, International Development, and Politics (1997). Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. K. Boles; Marquette University

Table of Contents

Introduction Crossing Boundaries and Acknowledging Supportp. 1
Notesp. 6
Appendix: Femisa's Favorite Web Sitesp. 8
Part I Understanding (contextual Settingsp. 9
1 Beginninq Reflections on Language, Power, and Ethicsp. 11
Notesp. 33
Postwar Development: International Institutions Marginalize Womenp. 37
Notesp. 53
3 Women Engaging Public Affairs Institutions Matterp. 56
Notesp. 77
Part II Analyzing Substantive Policies with a Gender Lensp. 81
4 Eduation for Life and Capacitationp. 83
Notesp. 97
5 Women's Work Central to Economiesp. 100
Notesp. 133
6 Population, Overconsumption, and Reproductive Healthp. 139
Notesp. 156
7 Public Safety, Peace, and Violence Against Womenp. 159
Notesp. 172
Part III Applying Context and Policy Analysis to Actionp. 175
8 Bringing Politics Back in Institutional Contexts for Mainstreamingp. 177
Notesp. 189
9 Institutional Strategies Analyzing Politial Contextsp. 191
Notesp. 209
10 Engaging and Changing the Political Mainstreamp. 212
Notep. 215
Appendix the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Womenp. 216
Bibliographyp. 220
Indexp. 237