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I have been getting a number of requests lately for information on gender and development from folks on twitter and so decided to pull together a basic list. These sources are ‘ an introduction to gender and development’ and lay the foundations to most of the work gender advisors do on a day to day basis. I also add a short list of feminist theories which underpin a lot of gender and development thought.  Still to come – list resources on ‘girls in development’. Watch this space!

List of gender and development resources

A. Cornwall, E.Harrison & A.Whitehead (Eds) Feminisms in Development, 2007; http://www.amazon.com/Feminisms-Development-Contradictions-Contestations-Challenges/dp/1842778196

A. Cornwall and M.Molyneux (Eds) The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis, 2008; http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415459068/

A Sen, Development as Freedom, Anchor Books, 2000.


A Escobar, Encountering Development, Princeton University Press, 1999; http://tinyurl.com/2w7kctl

Chant & M Gutmann, Mainstreaming Men into Gender and Development: Debates, Reflections and Experiences, 2000; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mainstreaming-Men-into-Gender-Development/dp/0855984511

C Jackson & R Pearson (Eds), Feminist Visions of Development, 1998; http://www.amazon.com/Feminist-Visions-Development-Routledge-Economics/dp/0415157900

C Moser, Gender Planning and Development: Theory, Practice and Training, Rutledge 1993; http://www.amazon.com/Women-Gender-Development-Reader/dp/1856491420/ref=pd_sim_b_1

C March, I Smyth & M Mukhopadhyay, a guide to gender analysis frameworks, Oxfam, 1999; http://tinyurl.com/37qmvs6

D Perrons, Globalization and Social Change, Routledge 2004;


H Afshar & S Barrientos (Eds), Women, Globalisation and Fragmentation in the Developing World, 1999; http://www.amazon.com/Globalization-Fragmentation-Developing-Womens-Studies/dp/0312216599 

M Marchand & J Parpart (Ed), Feminism/Postmodernism/Development, 1995; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Feminism-Postmodernism-Development-Routledge-International/dp/0415105242

Martha C. Nussbaum, Sex and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 1999; http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Social-Justice-Martha-Nussbaum/dp/0195110323

N Kabeer, Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought, Verso (1994); http://www.amazon.com/Reversed-Realities-Naila-Kabeer/dp/0860915840

N Kabeer, Gender Mainstreaming in Poverty Eradication and the Millennium Development Goals, 2003; http://publicwebsite.idrc.ca/EN/Resources/Publications/Pages/IDRCBookDetails.aspx?PublicationID=229

S. Chant Gender, Generation and Poverty, 2007; http://www.e-elgar.com/Bookentry_Main.lasso?id=3550

S. Chant (ed) 2010 International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy, Edward Elgar. http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/bookentry_main.lasso?id=13431

Women, Gender and Development Reader, Zed Books, 1997; http://www.amazon.com/Women-Gender-Development-Reader/dp/1856491420/ref=pd_sim_b_1 



Feminist Theory underpinning a lot of gender and development theory

G Anzaldua, Borderlands: The New Mestiza / La Frontera, 1999; http://www.amazon.com/Borderlands-Mestiza-Frontera-Gloria-Anzald%C3%BAa/dp/1879960567

bell hooks, feminism is for everybody, 2000; http://www.amazon.com/Feminism-Everybody-Passionate-bell-hooks/dp/0896086283 (and really everything else she’s written)

C Sandoval, Methodology of the Oppressed, 2000; http://www.amazon.com/Methodology-Oppressed-Chela-Sandoval/dp/0816627371/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1292245689&sr=1-1-spell

A Lorde, Sister Outsider, 1984; http://www.amazon.com/Sister-Outsider-Speeches-Crossing-Feminist/dp/0895941414 (‘The masters tools will never dismantle the master’s house’)

C Moraga & G Anzaldua, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Colour, 1984; http://www.amazon.com/This-Bridge-Called-My-Back/dp/091317503X/ref=pd_sim_b_20

E Shohat, Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age, MIT press, 2001; http://www.amazon.com/Talking-Visions-Multicultural-Feminism-Transnational/dp/0262692619/ref=pd_sim_b_4

C Mohanty, Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, Duke Press, 2003; http://www.amazon.com/Feminism-without-Borders-Decolonizing-Practicing/dp/0822330210/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292245342&sr=1-1

I Grewal & C Kaplan, Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices, 1994: http://www.amazon.com/Scattered-Hegemonies-Postmodernity-Transnational-Practices/dp/0816621381/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1292245455&sr=1-1

P Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, Unwin Hyman (1990); http://www.amazon.com/Black-Feminist-Thought-Consciousness-Empowerment/dp/0415924847

Please feel free to comment and add resources!

Keshet Bachan

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