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The Battlefield of Breadwinners and Housewives - A study of gender identities and discourses of empowerment

Ohlsson, Cecilia (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The study evolves around the emergence of a gender awareness in the Kenyan political consciousness, as a consequence of the adoption of the alternative development discourse, promoting values like equal participation and empowerment. My task has been to determine the outcome of local development initiatives in terms of women's empowerment and then relate the findings to theories on discursive dislocations and struggle for hegemony in order to create an increased understanding of the social processes behind gender based identities and interests. The analysis departs from the discourse theory articulated by Laclau and Mouffe and involves the deconstruction of local identities and social antagonisms, with the aim of studying the dislocational... (More)
The study evolves around the emergence of a gender awareness in the Kenyan political consciousness, as a consequence of the adoption of the alternative development discourse, promoting values like equal participation and empowerment. My task has been to determine the outcome of local development initiatives in terms of women's empowerment and then relate the findings to theories on discursive dislocations and struggle for hegemony in order to create an increased understanding of the social processes behind gender based identities and interests. The analysis departs from the discourse theory articulated by Laclau and Mouffe and involves the deconstruction of local identities and social antagonisms, with the aim of studying the dislocational potential of the alternative development discourse. Four self-help projects in two different settings out in the rural areas of Kenya were chosen for analysis and the results are based on interviews and participatory observations. (Less)
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author
Ohlsson, Cecilia
supervisor
organization
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Discourse theory, Social antagonisms, Gender identities, Alternative development, Kenya, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper
language
English
id
1329807
date added to LUP
2006-04-19
date last changed
2006-04-19
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  abstract     = {The study evolves around the emergence of a gender awareness in the Kenyan political consciousness, as a consequence of the adoption of the alternative development discourse, promoting values like equal participation and empowerment. My task has been to determine the outcome of local development initiatives in terms of women's empowerment and then relate the findings to theories on discursive dislocations and struggle for hegemony in order to create an increased understanding of the social processes behind gender based identities and interests. The analysis departs from the discourse theory articulated by Laclau and Mouffe and involves the deconstruction of local identities and social antagonisms, with the aim of studying the dislocational potential of the alternative development discourse. Four self-help projects in two different settings out in the rural areas of Kenya were chosen for analysis and the results are based on interviews and participatory observations.},
  author       = {Ohlsson, Cecilia},
  keyword      = {Discourse theory,Social antagonisms,Gender identities,Alternative development,Kenya,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Battlefield of Breadwinners and Housewives - A study of gender identities and discourses of empowerment},
  year         = {2006},
}