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The Journey of a Southern Feminist

Devaki Jain (Author)

This book is a collection of Devaki Jain’s writings and lectures related to the women’s movement in India and interventions in policy and fact base drawn from that experience. A journey of over six decades, it presents important interventions in the design of national and international development policy.

Beginning with a fascinating account of Jain’s own evolution into a feminist, each chapter starts with an introductory note locating it in her own professional journey. The initial chapters of the book underline an important fact—better understood now but a radical intervention when Jain wrote it—that women’s reasoning and the ideas that emerge from their lived experience need to be converted into macro frameworks of development. The later chapters champion the role of local power, in economic planning led by women, in healing inequalities. They also pose a feminist challenge to inherited knowledge usually created and argued for by men. In her most recent work, Jain reiterates that poor women’s struggles, strategies and needs should inform development strategy at the local level. At a global level, she talks of how women and their networks in the South are offering ideas on rethinking development.

Contents: Introduction. 1. Development as if Women Mattered: Can Women Build a New Paradigm?. 2. Advances in Feminist Theory: An Indian Perspective. 3. The Leadership Gap: A Challenge to Feminists. 4. Minds, Not Bodies: Expanding the Notion of Gender in Development Indigenising Feminism. 5. Challenges for Women in India in the New Millennium. 6. Globalism and Localism: Negotiating Feminist Space. 7. Women’s Participation in the History of Ideas and the Reconstruction of Knowledge. 8. Feminist Networks, People’s Movements and Alliances: Learning from the Ground. 9. To Be or Not to Be: Problems in Locating Women in Public Policy What Is Wrong with Economics? Can the Aam Aurat Redefine Economic Reasoning?. 10. The First Challengers: The Feminists of the South. 11. The Evolution of Ideas: A Feminist’s Reflections on the Partnership with the UN System. 12. Looking Back at the South Commission. Bibliography. Index.

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Title The Journey of a Southern Feminist
Author Devaki Jain
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.03.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789352806218
length 300p.