Authorizing Gender and Development: "Third World Women," Native Informants, and Speaking Nearby

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Cynthia Wood Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Postmodern and postcolonial feminist theories applied to development have opposed universalizing and essentializing notions of a homogeneous “third world woman” posited as in need of saving by first world experts. Deconstructing development requires a recognition of diverse experiences, which suggests the need to listen to the previously “silenced voices” of third world women. My paper will consider whether this can be done without relying on an equally problematic demand for authenticity from “native informants,” and explores the implications of such an analysis for a postcolonial feminist approach to (post)development

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Wood, Cynthia. "Authorizing Gender and Development: 'Third World Women,' Native Informants, and Speaking Nearby," Nepantla: Views from South 2 (3), 2001: 429-447. (ISSN: 1529-1650) Nepantla was published by Duke University Press until 2003. Archiving of publisher’s PDF permitted. This article was developed from a paper presented March 17, 2000 at the XXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Miami, Florida.
Language: English
Date: 2001

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