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Empowerment of women Postcolonial feminist theory challenging mainstream feminist perspectives

Lundén, Elin (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The idea of empowering women as a strategy for poverty alleviation, has become

increasingly popular with institutions, such as the UN and the World Bank, as

well as with NGO:s. Today there is not one definition of what empowerment

should mean and the concept is used in many different contexts and is the stated

goal of various development strategies. Therefore it is interesting to take a closer

look at how different actors, actually understands the concept of empowerment.

The main aim of this thesis then is to investigate how mainstream feminist

theory and postcolonial/postmodern feminist theory understands the Third World

Woman and the concept of empowerment. Importantly, it will be argued that the

theories are based on different... (More)
The idea of empowering women as a strategy for poverty alleviation, has become

increasingly popular with institutions, such as the UN and the World Bank, as

well as with NGO:s. Today there is not one definition of what empowerment

should mean and the concept is used in many different contexts and is the stated

goal of various development strategies. Therefore it is interesting to take a closer

look at how different actors, actually understands the concept of empowerment.

The main aim of this thesis then is to investigate how mainstream feminist

theory and postcolonial/postmodern feminist theory understands the Third World

Woman and the concept of empowerment. Importantly, it will be argued that the

theories are based on different assumptions of the Third World Woman. Western

mainstream feminist theory tends to take western culture and society as reference

point in their studies while postcolonial feminist theory challenges the universality

of western norms. The case studies of the Grameen Bank and SEWA are used to

further illustrate how the different understandings of empowerment might support

different strategies. (Less)
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author
Lundén, Elin
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organization
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Empowerment, Post colonial feminist theory, Mainstream feminist theory, SEWA, The Grameen Bank, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
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1327944
date added to LUP
2006-02-10
date last changed
2006-02-10
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  abstract     = {The idea of empowering women as a strategy for poverty alleviation, has become

increasingly popular with institutions, such as the UN and the World Bank, as

well as with NGO:s. Today there is not one definition of what empowerment

should mean and the concept is used in many different contexts and is the stated

goal of various development strategies. Therefore it is interesting to take a closer

look at how different actors, actually understands the concept of empowerment.

The main aim of this thesis then is to investigate how mainstream feminist

theory and postcolonial/postmodern feminist theory understands the Third World

Woman and the concept of empowerment. Importantly, it will be argued that the

theories are based on different assumptions of the Third World Woman. Western

mainstream feminist theory tends to take western culture and society as reference

point in their studies while postcolonial feminist theory challenges the universality

of western norms. The case studies of the Grameen Bank and SEWA are used to

further illustrate how the different understandings of empowerment might support

different strategies.},
  author       = {Lundén, Elin},
  keyword      = {Empowerment,Post colonial feminist theory,Mainstream feminist theory,SEWA,The Grameen Bank,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Empowerment of women Postcolonial feminist theory challenging mainstream feminist perspectives},
  year         = {2006},
}