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Patrons of Women : Literacy Projects and Gender Development in Rural Nepal (Hardcover)

Author: Hertzog, Esther

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Assuming that women?s empowerment would accelerate the pace of social change in rural Nepal, the World Bank urged the Nepali government to undertake a "Gender Activities Project" within an ongoing long-term water-engineering scheme. The author, an anthropologist specializing in bureaucratic organizations and gender studies, was hired to monitor the project. Analyzing her own experience as a practicing "development expert," she demonstrates that the professed goal of "women's empowerment" is a pretext for promoting economic organizational goals and the interests of local elites. She shows how a project intended to benefit women, through teaching them literary and agricultural skills, fails to provide them with any of the promised resources. Going beyond the conventional analysis that positions aid givers vis-?-vis powerless victimized recipients, she draws attention to the complexity of the process and the active role played by the Nepalese rural women who pursue their own interests and aspirations within this unequal world. The book makes an important contribution to not only the growing critique of "development" projects but also to the critique of women?s development projects.

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Publisher Berghahn Books
Mfg Part# 9781845457686
SKU 220394686
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1845457684
Release Date 8/13/2012
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