Doing gender and development: understanding empowerment and local gender relations

Sharp, J. , Briggs, J., Yacoub, H. and Hamed, N. (2003) Doing gender and development: understanding empowerment and local gender relations. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 28(3), pp. 281-295. (doi:10.1111/1475-5661.00093)

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Abstract

A major dilemma in Gender and Development (GAD) work is why it is that sometimes women may feel better off colluding with gendered structures that ensure their continued subordination rather than seeking approaches that will allow them to break free of this. Kandiyoti (1988 Gender and Society 2 274-90) has identified this apparent collusion as 'patriarchal bargains', which offer women greater advantages than they perceive can be achieved by challenging the prevailing order. Such women are therefore reluctant to engage in empowering activities that may challenge their gendered bargain. This paper explains this dilemma in the context of GAD work undertaken with Bedouin women in Southern Egypt.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Briggs, Professor John and Sharp, Professor Jo
Authors: Sharp, J., Briggs, J., Yacoub, H., and Hamed, N.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
ISSN:0020-2754
ISSN (Online):1475-5661
Published Online:21 August 2003
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2003 Blackwell Publishing
First Published:First published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 28(3) 281 - 295
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Publisher.

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