HS 704: Engendering Development Thought and Practice

Since 1975, feminist theory has had an impact on the development discourse. In too, the women`s movement and feminist scholarship has intervened in critical issues related to labour, sexuality, caste, environment, impact of technology and law and politics. Gender has been established as a crucial component of all development programmes and strategies. In this context, this course seeks to introduce the participants to:

1.Contemporary theoretical debates in Gender and Development.

2.Feminist interventions in the institutional framework of development thought and practice in .

3.Women`s struggles for resistance and strategies for empowerment.

This course, through the use of case material will train students to analyse the interactions between ideas and practices in relation to specific cases and examples of development interventions.

1.      Debates on Gender and Development: A Background (FromWID to GAD, the Women, Development and , The Dual strategies framework)

2.      Third World centered Feminism and critiques of development (Dislocating cultures, Re-orienting Western feminism, Postcolonial feminist critiques of Development, Feminisms and Internationalisms)

3.      Analytical concepts in the institutional framework of development; Gender, patriarchy, sexual division of labour, production and reproduction

4.      Understanding the institutional framework of gender and development in : Gender, caste and Kinship, household and labour, State policies and programmes, gendered poverty.

5.      Women`s movements of resistance: Understanding the contemporary women`s movement, the spaces made by women in other emancipatory struggles, NGOisation of the women`s movement and its implications.

6.      Strategies for empowerment: The concept of empowerment, case studies of SEWA, Ragpickers and Domestic workers . Gender training frameworks in state and non-governmental organisations.


Kabeer Naila.` Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought. : Verso, 1995.

Subramaniam Ramya & Naila Kabeer (eds.).` Institutions and Outcomes. : Kali for Women, 2000

Sinha Mrinalini, Guy Donna et al.` Feminisms and Internationalisms. : Blackwell, 1999.

Schech Susanne & Jane Haggis.` Culture and Development: A Critical Introduction. : Blackwell, 2000.

Alexander J.C & Chandra Mohanty-Talpade. Feminist Genealogies, Colonial legacies, Democratic Futures. : Routledge, 1997.

Narayan Uma. Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Feminism. : Routledge, 1997.