Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Talking of gender: words and meanings in development organisations

Talking of gender: words and meanings in development organisations This article reflects on the vocabulary commonly used within development organisations to communicate about ‘gender and development’. It argues that the relevant terminology, though frequently used, remains problematic. Some terms are almost entirely absent, while others are used loosely and inappropriately – with the subtleties of carefully developed and much-debated concepts often lost. Terms such as ‘empowerment’, ‘gender’, and ‘gender mainstreaming’ which originated in feminist thinking and activism have lost their moorings and become depoliticised. Despite these problems, there are indications that debates and language may be taking a more radical turn with the acknowledgement of the shortcomings of the practices of gender mainstreaming, the deepening of interest in the notion of empowerment, and the explicit adoption of a human-rights language. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Development in Practice Taylor & Francis

Talking of gender: words and meanings in development organisations

Development in Practice , Volume 17 (4-5): 7 – Aug 1, 2007
7 pages

Loading next page...
 
/lp/taylor-francis/talking-of-gender-words-and-meanings-in-development-organisations-Dg4Kch8oz0

References (32)

Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Oxfam GB
ISSN
1364-9213
eISSN
0961-4524
DOI
10.1080/09614520701469591
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

This article reflects on the vocabulary commonly used within development organisations to communicate about ‘gender and development’. It argues that the relevant terminology, though frequently used, remains problematic. Some terms are almost entirely absent, while others are used loosely and inappropriately – with the subtleties of carefully developed and much-debated concepts often lost. Terms such as ‘empowerment’, ‘gender’, and ‘gender mainstreaming’ which originated in feminist thinking and activism have lost their moorings and become depoliticised. Despite these problems, there are indications that debates and language may be taking a more radical turn with the acknowledgement of the shortcomings of the practices of gender mainstreaming, the deepening of interest in the notion of empowerment, and the explicit adoption of a human-rights language.

Journal

Development in PracticeTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2007

Keywords: Gender and Diversity; Rights; Aid; Civil Society; Methods

There are no references for this article.