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UN's (in)consistency on gender?

Atarodi, Vera LU (2014) STVK02 20141
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The development discourse on the international agenda is currently dominated by the MDGs and the SDGs, which is why it is important to analyze them. In this thesis my main purpose was to understand whether there were any changes within the discourses of the criticism on the different development goals, when using a postcolonial feminist theory. I chose to study this criticism in order to understand the approach of gender in the formation of the goals: were the UN consistent or had they perhaps changed their attitude towards gender issues? As I pursued a discourse analysis, I used Foucault’s theories and methods as a base. In addition, I framed and used the concepts of development and women empowerment from a postcolonial feminist... (More)
The development discourse on the international agenda is currently dominated by the MDGs and the SDGs, which is why it is important to analyze them. In this thesis my main purpose was to understand whether there were any changes within the discourses of the criticism on the different development goals, when using a postcolonial feminist theory. I chose to study this criticism in order to understand the approach of gender in the formation of the goals: were the UN consistent or had they perhaps changed their attitude towards gender issues? As I pursued a discourse analysis, I used Foucault’s theories and methods as a base. In addition, I framed and used the concepts of development and women empowerment from a postcolonial feminist perspective and the theory on intersectionality. I applied my discourse analysis on criticism from established scholars within the scientific field of feminism and development. By doing so I studied the discourses of the criticism separately, and later compared them. I found that there were marginal differences in these and therefore have not been much change in the discourses between the two development projects. From these results I concluded that the UN’s approach towards gender issues were consistent. (Less)
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author
Atarodi, Vera LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
A discourse analysis on the criticism of the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals.
course
STVK02 20141
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
The Millennium Development Goals, The Sustainable Development Goals, Foucault, Discourse analysis, Postcolonial feminism
language
English
id
4448316
date added to LUP
2014-07-07 14:49:49
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2014-07-07 14:49:49
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  abstract     = {The development discourse on the international agenda is currently dominated by the MDGs and the SDGs, which is why it is important to analyze them. In this thesis my main purpose was to understand whether there were any changes within the discourses of the criticism on the different development goals, when using a postcolonial feminist theory. I chose to study this criticism in order to understand the approach of gender in the formation of the goals: were the UN consistent or had they perhaps changed their attitude towards gender issues? As I pursued a discourse analysis, I used Foucault’s theories and methods as a base. In addition, I framed and used the concepts of development and women empowerment from a postcolonial feminist perspective and the theory on intersectionality. I applied my discourse analysis on criticism from established scholars within the scientific field of feminism and development. By doing so I studied the discourses of the criticism separately, and later compared them. I found that there were marginal differences in these and therefore have not been much change in the discourses between the two development projects. From these results I concluded that the UN’s approach towards gender issues were consistent.},
  author       = {Atarodi, Vera},
  keyword      = {The Millennium Development Goals,The Sustainable Development Goals,Foucault,Discourse analysis,Postcolonial feminism},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {UN's (in)consistency on gender?},
  year         = {2014},
}