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Women, Culture, Development: A New Paradigm for Development Studies?
Ethnic and Racial Studies (2000)
  • Peter Chua, San Jose State University
  • Kum-Kum Bhavnani
  • John Foran

We argue that existing approaches to development, including the women in development [WID] and gender and development [GAD] perspectives, fall short in their treatment of culture, and that a new paradigm, which we term "Women, Culture and Development" [WCD], represents a way forward. Linking the fields of feminist studies, cultural studies and critical development studies, a WCD framework highlights culture as lived experiences and structures of feeling, attends to the relationship between production and reproduction in women"s lives, and centres women"s agency and struggles. A multi-ethnic and multiracial feminist approach to development studies, and an explicit engagement with culture can shift economistic and overly structural analyses to highlight the experiences, identities, practices and representations of Third World women. We illustrate the potential of a WCD paradigm with discussions of the environment and sexuality, and conclude with a sketch of the future visions and political possibilities of this approach.

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Peter Chua, Kum-Kum Bhavnani and John Foran. "Women, Culture, Development: A New Paradigm for Development Studies?" Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol. 23 Iss. 5 (2000)
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