Women, the State, and Development

Authored by: Sue Ellen Charlton, Jana Everett, andKathleen Staudt(Editors)

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 1989
Citation: Charlton, Sue Ellen, Jana Everett, and Kathleen Staudt, eds. Women, the State, and Development. New York: State University of New York Press, 1989.

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This book reflects the most current scholarship on states, socioeconomic development, and feminist theory to emerge this decade.
Addressed are issues such as the role of state policies and ideologies in defining gender differences, state influence over the boundaries
between public and domestic spheres, state control over women’s productive and reproductive lives, and the efforts of women to influence
state policy. Women, the State, and Development shows that state elites promote male domination as one way of maintaining social order
when nation-states are created and strengthened, and that issues defined as male by the sexual division of labor are given priority in state
policies that promote security and economic development such as foreign policy, international trade, agricultural development, and resource
extraction. It analyzes these policies in terms of their impact on gender relations and also identifies ways in which women have responded.