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Author Momsen, Janet Henshall.

Title Women and development in the Third World / Janet Henshall Momsen
Published London : Routledge, 1991


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  307.1412 Mom/Wad  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 115 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Series Routledge introductions to development
Routledge introductions to development.
Contents Introduction. -- Women and development -- Principal themes -- 2. -- The Sex Ratio -- Survival -- The sex ration in South Asia -- Case study A: Bangladesh--discrimination within a slum household -- Migration -- Case study B: Sex-specific migration and its effects on Lesotho -- Female-headed households -- 3. Reproduction -- Biological reproduction -- Case study C: The unengaging impact of education in Singapore -- Education -- Social reproduction -- Housing -- The household -- 4. Women and Work in Rural Areas -- Gender divisions of labour in agriculture -- Women and agricultural development -- Gender differences in time budgets -- Case study D: a woman tobacco farmer in Trinidad -- Women in the plantation sector -- Case study E: Women plantation workers in Sri Lanka -- Women as rural traders -- 5. Women and Work in Urban Areas -- Female marginalization -- Case study F: the effect of economic growth on the labour market position of women--Lima, Peru, 1940-72 -- Gender divisions of labour -- Barriers to women's participation in the urban modern sector -- Case study G: Colombia--help for working mothers -- 6. -- t Spatial Patterns of Women's Economic Activity -- Industry -- Case study H: Attitudes to women factory workers in Malaysia -- Women in the service sector -- Case study I: Dreams of riches outweigh fear of Aids in Korea -- 7. Women and Development Planning -- Contemporary problems of development -- Case study J: Kenya--women's role in reafforestation -- Community management -- Development policies for women
Summary For all societies, the common denominator of gender is female subordination. For women of the Third World, the effects of this position are exacerbated by the legacy of colonialism, economic crisis, and patriarchal attitudes. Feminist critique has introduced the gender factor to development theory, arguing that the equal distribution of the benefits of economic development can only be achieved through a radical restructuring of the process of development. Now, the universal validity of both gender-neutral development theory and the feminist concepts of the post-industrial world are being questioned. In this book, Janet Momsen presents ten worldwide case studies which act as personalized examples of women's lives and coping strategies in the Third World. Her review of policy and practice raises questions about development planning and the empowerment of women. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of environmental degradation and economic restructuring on women, with a description of the integral position of women in any solution to the current crises facing the Third World
Analysis Case studies
Developing countries
Developing countries Society Role of Women
Economic development
Overseas item
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Includes index
Subject Sexual division of labor -- Developing countries -- Case studies.
Women in development -- Developing countries -- Case studies.
Women -- Developing countries -- Case studies.
Developing countries -- Economic conditions.
LC no. 90043653
ISBN 0415016959