Women in Pastoral Societies: Applying WID, Eco-feminist, and Postmodernist Perspectives

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110100
Title:
Women in Pastoral Societies: Applying WID, Eco-feminist, and Postmodernist Perspectives
Author:
Loftsdóttir, Kristín
Affiliation:
University of Iceland
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist #14: pp. 81-98, ©2001 Association of Student Anthropologists, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Arizona Anthropologist
Issue Date:
2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110100
Abstract:
In recent decades, various perspectives have emerged that draw attention to the construction of gender and gender inequalities. This discussion examines feminist perspectives in relation to development and development's effects on women in pastoral societies. The article compares the Women in Development (WID), eco-feminist and postmodernist approaches to development and seeks to understand what kind of criticism these theoretical orientations can offer on pastoral development projects. I focus especially on the effects of development on women's bargaining power within the household, using data from my own fieldwork in Niger and records from other pastoral societies. My discussion shows that while WID criticizes the pastoral development as being gender-biased and reducing women's bargaining power within the household, the ecofeminist and postmodernist perspectives would question the development practice itself and attempt to deconstruct the dimensions of power within the field of development.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
Keywords:
Development; gender; pastoralism; WoDaaBe; Niger
ISSN:
1062-1601

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLoftsdóttir, Kristínen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-21T03:33:35Z-
dc.date.available2010-08-21T03:33:35Z-
dc.date.issued2001-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist #14: pp. 81-98, ©2001 Association of Student Anthropologists, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/110100-
dc.description.abstractIn recent decades, various perspectives have emerged that draw attention to the construction of gender and gender inequalities. This discussion examines feminist perspectives in relation to development and development's effects on women in pastoral societies. The article compares the Women in Development (WID), eco-feminist and postmodernist approaches to development and seeks to understand what kind of criticism these theoretical orientations can offer on pastoral development projects. I focus especially on the effects of development on women's bargaining power within the household, using data from my own fieldwork in Niger and records from other pastoral societies. My discussion shows that while WID criticizes the pastoral development as being gender-biased and reducing women's bargaining power within the household, the ecofeminist and postmodernist perspectives would question the development practice itself and attempt to deconstruct the dimensions of power within the field of development.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectDevelopmenten_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectpastoralismen_US
dc.subjectWoDaaBeen_US
dc.subjectNigeren_US
dc.titleWomen in Pastoral Societies: Applying WID, Eco-feminist, and Postmodernist Perspectivesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Icelanden_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
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