Gender Justice, Development, and Rights

Paperback | November 1, 2002

EditorMaxine Molyneux, Shahra Razavi

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Recent years have seen a shift in the international development agenda in the direction of a greater emphasis on rights and democracy. While this has brought many positive changes in women's rights and political representation, in much of the world these advances were not matched by increasesin social justice. Rising income inequalities, coupled with widespread poverty in many countries, have been accompanied by record levels of crime and violence. Meanwhile the global shift in the consensus over the role of the state in welfare provision has in many contexts entailed the down-sizing ofpublic services and the re-allocation of service delivery to commercial interests, charitable groups, NGOs and households. Gender Justice, Development, and Rights reflects on this ambivalent record, and on the significance accorded in international development policy to rights and democracy in the post-Cold War era. Key items on the contemporary policy agenda-neo-liberal economic and social policies; democracy; andmulticulturalism-are addressed here by leading scholars and regional specialists through theoretical reflections and detailed case studies. Together they constitute a collection which casts contemporary liberalism in a distinctive light by applying a gender perspective to the analysis of politicaland policy processes. Case studies from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, East-Central Europe, South and South-east Asia contribute a cross-cultural dimension to the analysis of contemporary liberalism-the dominant value system in the modern world-and how it exists, and is resisted, indeveloping and post-transition societies.

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Recent years have seen a shift in the international development agenda in the direction of a greater emphasis on rights and democracy. While this has brought many positive changes in women's rights and political representation, in much of the world these advances were not matched by increasesin social justice. Rising income inequalitie...

Maxine Molyneux is a Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. Shahra Razavi is a Research Co-ordinator, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Maxine Molyneux and Shahra Razavi: IntroductionPart I: Re-Thinking Liberal Rights And UniversalismMartha Nussbaum: Women's Capabilities And Social JusticeDiane Elson: Gender Justice, Human Rights And Neo-Liberal Economic PoliciesAnne Phillips: Multiculturalism, Universalism And The Claims Of DemocracyPart II: Social Sector Restructuring And Social RightsJacqueline Heinen and Stephane Portet: Political And Social Citizenship: An Examination Of The Case Of PolandVeronica Schild: Engendering The New Social Citizenship In Chile: Ngos And Social Provisioning Under Neo-LiberalismRamya Subrahmanian: Engendering Education: Prospects For A Rights-Based Approach To Female Education Deprivation In IndiaPart III: Democratisation And The Politics Of GenderParvin Paidar: Feminism And Political Reform In The Islamic Republic Of Iran Cecilia Blondet M.: The 'Devil's Deal': Women's Political Participation And Authoritarianism In PeruAnne Marie Goetz and Shireen Hassim: In And Against The Party: Women's Representation And Constituency-Building In Uganda And South AfricaPART IV: Multiculturalisms In PracticeMaznah Mohamad: The Politics Of Gender, Ethnicity And Democratization In Malaysia: Shifting Interests And IdentitiesHernandez Castillo: National Law And Indigenous Customary Law: The Struggle For Justice Of Indigenous Women In Chiapas, Mexico AidaAili Mari Tripp: The Politics Of Women's Rights And Cultural Diversity In Uganda