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Feminist Futures

Re-imagining Women, Culture and Development

Edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya A. Kurian, and Debashish Munshi

Feminist Futures

Edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya A. Kurian, and Debashish Munshi

Distributed for Zed Books

225 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9781783606382 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783606399 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
At a time when fundamental concerns about social justice, sustainability, economic justice, and cultural diversity continue to be relegated to the sidelines of the mainstream development agenda, Feminist Futures is more essential than ever.
This revised and updated edition collects leading academics and a new generation of activists and scholars to provide fresh perspectives on how women in the Global South tranform our understanding of development. With essays ranging across Africa, Asia, and the Americas, it reveals how development efforts have repeatedly failed the Third World and illuminates the complex ways in which women continue to resist attempts to marginalize and subordinate them. Bringing together cultural studies, development studies, and feminist theory, contributors articulate an innovative framework for understanding connections between women, culture, and development, applying it to everything from sexuality to the environment, technology, and the cultural politics of representation.
Straddling disciplines and continents, Feminist Futures interweaves scholarship and social activism for a fascinating exploration of evolving positions of women in the Global South and an urgent demand for rethinking development approaches in the twenty-first century.

Acknowledgements and Dedications
About the contributors
Preface to the Second Edition - Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya Kurian and Debashish Munshi

1. An Introduction to Women, Culture and Development - Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran and Priya Kurian

Visions I
      Maria’s Stories - Maria Ofelia Navarrete
      The Woof and the Warp - Luisa Valenzuela
      Consider the Problem of Privatisation - Anna Tsing

Part I: Sexuality and the Gendered Body
      2. ‘Tragedies’ in Out-of-the-way Places: Oceanic Interpretations of Another Scale - Yvonne Underhill-Sem with Kaita Sem
      3. ‘Revolution with a Woman’s Face’? Family Norms, Constitutional Reform, and the Politics of Redistribution in Post-Neoliberal Ecuador - Amy Lind
      4. Claiming the State: Revisiting Women’s Reproductive Identity in India’s Development Policy - Rachel Simon-Kumar
      5. Abortion and African Culture: A Case Study of Kenya - Jane Wambui Njagi
      6. Bodies and Choices: African Matriarchs and Mammy Water - Ifi Amadiume

Visions II
      Empowerment: Snakes and Ladders - Jan Nederveen Pieterse
      Gendered Sexualities and Lived Experience: Revisiting the Case of Gay Sexuality in Women, Culture and Development - Dana Collins
      Cases of Revolutionary Women’s Struggle and Leadership: Building Local Political Power in the Countryside in the Age of Neoliberal Globalisation - Peter Chua
      What Should I Say About a Dream? Reflections on Adolescent Girls, Agency, and Citizenship - Gauri Nandedkar

Part II: Environment, Technology, Science
      7. New Lenses with Limited Vision: Shell Scenarios, Science Fiction, Storytelling Wars - David McKie with Akanksha Munshi-Kurian
      8. Development Nationalism: Science, Religion and the Quest for a Modern India - Banu Subramaniam
      9. What Would Rachel Say? - Joni Seager
      10. Negotiating Human-Nature Boundaries, Cultural Hierarchies and Masculinist Paradigms of Development Studies - Priya Kurian and Debashish Munshi

Visions III
      Alternatives to Development: Of Love, Dreams and Revolution - John Foran
      Dreams and Process in Development Theory and Practice - Light Carruyo
      The Subjective Side of Development: Sources of Well-being, Resources for Struggle - Linda Klouzal

Part III: The Cultural Politics of Representation
      11. Of Rural Mothers, Urban Whores and Working Daughters: Women and the Critique of Neocolonial Development in Taiwan’s Nativist Literature - Ming-yan Lai
      12. Revisiting the Mostaz’af and the Mostakbar - Minoo Moallem
      13. Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter: ‘Women, Culture and Development’ from a Francophone/Postcolonial Perspective - Anjali Prabhu
      14. The Precarious Middle Class: Gender, Risk and Mobility in the New Indian Economy - Raka Ray

Visions IV
      An Antipodean Take on Gender, Culture and Development Cooperation - Susanne Schech
      On Activist Scholarship and Women, Culture and Development - Julie Shayne  
      Women, Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Sustainable Development - Sangion Tiu
      Re-Imagining Climate Justice: What the World Needs Now is Love, Hope and You - John Foran

Post-scripts: A Conversation about the Future of Women, Culture and Development - Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya Kurian and Debashish Munshi

Review Quotes
Leela Fernandes, author of Transnational Feminism in the United States
“Provides a rich perspective on the lived experiences and agencies of women. A highly creative endeavor that will be valuable to activists and academics committed to both agendas of social justice and nuanced understandings of the effects of development.”
Patricia Mohammed, University of the West Indies
“A candid and hard-hitting agenda for feminist scholarship and activism in the South in the twenty-first century.”
Amrita Basu, Amherst College
“While providing an unflinching account of the ravages of globalization, the authors uncover visions of radically transformative feminisms that are rooted in women’s daily struggles for survival. The women, culture, and development approach that the authors embrace is more prescient and necessary than ever.”
“This is the second edition of the influential text that established the women, culture, and development (WCD) approach to issues of women and development. The WCD approach links insights from feminist studies, cultural studies, and development studies to critique previous frameworks that privilege economics, narrowly define culture, or reproduce hierarchical gender relations. Yet this book is more than a critique; chapters also provide alternative accounts placing the lives and perspectives of women in the Third World at the center of analysis. Contributions are global in scope, interdisciplinary in perspective, and cover a wide range of issues. . . . Highly recommended.”
Gender and Development
“A valuable and often challenging volume, a winding river that yields nuggets of gold.”
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