Revisiting gender training - the making and remaking of gender knowledge
A global sourcebook
|Authors||M. Mukhopadhyay (ed.) , F. Wong (ed.)|
|Series||Gender, Society and Development|
Revisiting gender training: the making and remaking of gender knowledge is concerned with the thinking behind gender education and training rather than with day-to-day practice. It explores the explicit and implicit assumptions in gender training about the nature of knowledge (epistemology), about how knowledge is imparted (pedagogy) and about knowing (cognition).
The tenth volume in the successful Gender, Society & Development Series, Revisiting gender training brings together case studies at country, regional and global level to look critically behind the practice. An extensive and up-to-date annotated bibliography of international resources (print and online) makes this a truly global sourcebook on the topic. This is a co-production with Oxfam Publications UK.
The contributors are gender specialists from different geographical regions: India, Uganda, the Machreq/Maghreb region, South Africa, and the French-speaking world.
Jashodhara Dasgupta examines whether the primarily ‘political’ nature of the feminist project has been unobtrusively dismantled by the language and tools of development in India, including the use of gender training.
Josephine Ahikire analyses gender training in Uganda, post-Beijing Conference, and the ways in which it has changed over time. She focuses on the point where international imperatives meet the national context, and considers the impact of gender training on the feminist intellectual and political project.
Lina Abou-Habib considers gender training in the Machreq/Maghreb region in the Middle East and North Africa. She highlights the transformatory potential of such training, and the ways in which it has dealt with patriarchal mindsets and institutions.
Claudy Vouhé discusses the conditions and factors that limit or strengthen the impact of gender training. This contribution is the output from an international conference on gender training in the French-speaking world in 2006.
Shamim Meer explores the power of rights-based development approaches for advancing ideas and action for social change, including change to unequal gender power relations. Starting with experience in South Africa, she teases out the particular understandings of rights and agency, and reflects on a methodology for linking reflection and action through starting from the personal.
Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay and Franz Wong introduce the book and establish its focus on gender training and feminist epistemology, its tone of critical reflection, and its aim of looking beneath the surface of much of the day to day ‘gender’ activity and considering the assumptions made about of the links that exist between knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, and practice.
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