Rethinking Empowerment: Gender and Development in a Global/Local World

1st Edition

Jane L. Parpart, Shirin M. Rai, Kathleen A. Staudt

Published July 25, 2002
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780415277693 - CAT# RU24246
Series: Routledge Studies in Globalisation


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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.

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