Rethinking Empowerment looks at the changing role of women in developing countries and calls for a new approach to empowerment. An approach that adopts a more nuanced, feminist interpretation of power and em(power)ment, recognises that local empowerment is always embedded in regional, national and global contexts, pays attention to institutional structures and politics and acknowledges that empowerment is both a process and an outcome. Moreover, the book warns that an obsession with measurement rather than process can undermine efforts to foster transformative and empowering outcomes. It concludes that power must be restored as the centrepiece of empowerment. Only then will the term and its advocates provide meaningful ammunition for dealing with the challenges of an increasingly unequal, and often sexist, global/local world.
Contributors Acknowledgements Acronyms Section I: Theory and Praxis 1. Rethinking empowerment, Gender and Development: An Introduction 2. Education as a Means for Empowering Women Section II: Women's Empowerment in a Global World 3. Envisaging Power in Philippine Migration: The Janus Effect 4. Women's Rights, CEDAW and International Human Rights Debates: Toward Empowerment? 5. Feminizing Cyberspace: Rethinking Technoagency Section III: The Nation State, Politics and Women's Empowerment 6. Engaging Politics: Beyond Official Empowerment Discourse 7. Movements, States and Empowerment: Women's Mobilization in Chile and Turkey 8. Political Representation, Democratic Institutions and Women's Empowerment: The Quota Debate in India 9. Gender, Production and Access to Land: The case for Female Peasants in India Section IV: The Local/Global, Development and Women's empowerment 10. Rethinking Participatory Empowerment, Gender and Development: The PRA Approach 11. The Disciplinary Power of Micro Credit: Examples from Kenya and Cameroon 12. Development, Demographic, and Feminist Agendas: Depoliticising empowerment in a Tanzanian Family Planning Project 13. Informal Politics, Grassroots NGOs and Women's Empowerment in the Slums of Bombay
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