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Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy

Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy
Rebuilding Progress

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September 2011 | 396 pages | SAGE India
Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy brings together 14 essays by feminist thinkers from different parts of the world, reflecting on the flaws in the current patterns of development and arguing for political, economic, and social changes to promote equality and sustainability.

The essays are written in the context of the "triple crises" of food, fuel, and finance, and the underlying deep-seated problems of growing inequality, squeeze on time to provide unpaid care to family and friends, and environmentally unsustainable patterns of economic growth.

The contributors argue that the very approach being taken to understand and measure progress, and plan for and evaluate development, needs rethinking in ways that draw on the experiences and knowledge of women. These influential feminist thinkers, activists, and academics have drawn upon their vast experience to identify new understandings, emerging issues and an asset of recommendations that help address the key issues of today.

All the essays, in diverse ways, offer proposals for alternative ideas to address the limitations and contradictions of currently dominant theories and practices in development, and move towards the creation of a socially just and egalitarian world.
Navi Pillay
Winnie Byanyima and Rawwida Baksh
Devaki Jain and Diane Elson
Economics for a Post-crisis World: Putting Social Justice First

Diane Elson
"Rebooting" is Not an Option: Toward Equitable Social and Economic Development

Stephanie Seguino
Questioning Economic Success through the Lens of Hunger

Devaki Jain
Globalization, Labor, and Women's Work: Critical Challenges for a Post-Neoliberal World

Lourdes Benería
Removing the Cloak of Invisibility: Integrating Unpaid Household Services in the Philippines' Economic Accounts

Solita Collas-Monsod
Poor Women Organizing for Economic Justice

Renana Jhabvala
Gender Dimensions of the World of Work in a Globalized Economy? ?

Naoko Otobe
Gender, Global Crises, and Climate Change

Itzá Castañeda and Sarah Gammage
The Cost of the Commoditization of Food and Water for Women

Yassine Fall
Modernity, Technology, and the Progress of Women in Japan: Problems and Prospects

Hiroko Hara
Equity in Post-crisis China: A Feminist Political Economy Perspective

Lanyan Chen
Cuban Development Alternatives to Market-driven Economies: A Gendered Case Study on Women's Employment

Marta Núñez Sarmiento
Challenges for African Feminism in the Contemporary Moment

Patricia McFadden
"Progressive Masculinities": Oxymoron or Achievable?

Jael Silliman

The book provides a vivid account of the macro-level gender perspective under the neo-liberalised economic regime, and brings forth the inherent contradictions within the development process and listed priorities.

The Tribune

The volume has much to offer in terms of feminist knowledge to macro policy spaces and rethinking, consequent to economic crises…the papers are analytically strong and backed by evidence.

The Hindu

Devaki Jain

Devaki Jain, Honorary Fellow St Anne’s College, Oxford University, is Founder and former Director of the Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi, India. She was previously a lecturer at the University of Delhi, a founding member of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), member of the South Commission (chaired by Julius Nyerere), and of the UN eminent persons group concerned with child soldiers. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Westville in Durban, Republic of South Africa, and has held fellowships at Harvard and Sussex Universities. She has been a member of State Planning boards and many of the... More About Author

Diane Elson

Diane Elson is Professor of Sociology, University of Essex, United Kingdom. She is the former Chair in Development Studies at Manchester University. She worked on the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) report on Progress of the World’s Women 2000, and was named one of 50 key thinkers on development in 2006. Her current research and teaching interests are global social change and the realization of human rights, with a particular focus on gender inequality and economic and social policy. Professor Elson has been Special Advisor to the Executive Director at UNIFEM, a member of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Education... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352809943