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Gendered Poverty and Well-Being

Shahra Razavi (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21793-0
300 pages
June 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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The interlinkages between gender and poverty have, until recently, escaped careful analytical scrutiny. The contributors to this edited volume critically reflect on some of the key methodological and analytical issues that a gendered analysis of poverty needs to address. These foundational issues have serious implications for public action in this area.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Gendered Poverty and Social Change: Shahra Razavi (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development).

2. Gender Bias and the 'Marriage Squeeze' in China, South Korea, and India: Monica Das Gupta and Li Shuzhuo (The World Bank and Xi'and Jiaotong University).

3. Development and Rising Female Demographic Disadvantage in India 1981-1991: What is the Role of Sex Selective Female Abortion and Female Infanticide?: S. Sudha and S. Irudaya Rajan (Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram).

4. The Conditions and Consequences of Choice: Reflections on the Measurement of Women's Empowerment: Naila Kabeer (Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK).

5. Gendering Poverty: A Review of Six World Bank African Poverty Assessments: Matthew Lockwood and Ann Whitehead (Christian Aid and University of Sussex).

6. Labour-Intensive Growth, Poverty and Gender: Neo-Classical, Institutionalist and Feminist Accounts: Shahra Razavi (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development).

7. Engendering Poverty Alleviation: The Challenges and Opportunities in the 1990s: Gita Sen (DAWN and Indian Institute of Management).

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Deals explicitly with the gender dimensions of poverty from an analytical perspective.

  • Essential reading for both academics and development practitioners.

  • Spans an interesting spectrum of issues and countries.
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"The contributors critically reflect on key methodological and analytical issues of a gendered analysis of poverty. The conclusion is that it is impossible to integrate gender into an understanding on poverty unless the reading of evidence and the analysis are grounded on the relational processes of accumulation and impoverishment. These are foundational issues, and have serious implications for public action to reduce/ eradicate the different kinds of poverty that men and women experience." Oxfam, Review of Journals <!--end-->

"It is an extremely rich resource for anyone concerned with issues of gender and poverty. Researchers and practitioners will find in it a wealth of reliable information, clear concepts and robust arguments." Ines Smith, Oxfam GB

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