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Male bias in the development process:

Male bias in the development process: Diane Elson (editor) Manchester University Press, 1991 £29.95 (hbk.) pp. 215 ISBN 0 7190 2555 9 Reviewed by Janet Darley Since Ester Boserup published her seminal work, Women’s Role in Economic Development, in 1970, much material has been published concerning women in development. In recent years this topic has been the focus of even greater interest. Elson’s compilation should not become lost in the ever increasing pile of works in this subject area however. In the first sentence of her introductory chapter Elson states ‘this is not another book about women in development’ and a reading of the book proves her statement correct. Instead of examining the material simply in the light of women’s experiences of development, this book emphasises the gender relations that create bias in the development process. It is distinguished from other books by this emphasis on gender relations and on its approach to development as a process, not a thing or a state of being. A further original feature is the way in which it examines how suppos- edly gender-neutral theories and policies are biased against women. Downloaded from cnc.sagepub.com at SAGE Publications on December 5, 2012 112 Capital & Class The book consists of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Capital and Class SAGE

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Copyright © 2019 by The Conference of Socialist Economists Ltd
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0309-8168
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Diane Elson (editor) Manchester University Press, 1991 £29.95 (hbk.) pp. 215 ISBN 0 7190 2555 9 Reviewed by Janet Darley Since Ester Boserup published her seminal work, Women’s Role in Economic Development, in 1970, much material has been published concerning women in development. In recent years this topic has been the focus of even greater interest. Elson’s compilation should not become lost in the ever increasing pile of works in this subject area however. In the first sentence of her introductory chapter Elson states ‘this is not another book about women in development’ and a reading of the book proves her statement correct. Instead of examining the material simply in the light of women’s experiences of development, this book emphasises the gender relations that create bias in the development process. It is distinguished from other books by this emphasis on gender relations and on its approach to development as a process, not a thing or a state of being. A further original feature is the way in which it examines how suppos- edly gender-neutral theories and policies are biased against women. Downloaded from cnc.sagepub.com at SAGE Publications on December 5, 2012 112 Capital & Class The book consists of

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