[16days_discussion] Body Politics in Development - Book

KATHLEEN SLOAN kathleen.sloan at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jun 25 16:19:57 EDT 2009

This looks like a must-read.

Kathy Sloan
Critical Debates in Gender and Development
By Wendy Harcourt
About the Book
Body Politics in Development sets out to define body politics as a key political and mobilizing force for human rights in the last two decades. This passionate and engagingly written book reveals how once tabooed issues such as rape, gender based violence, sexual and reproductive rights have emerged fully fledged into the public arena as critical grounds of contention and struggle. Engaging in the latest feminist thinking and action, the book covers a broad range of key gender and development issues, including women's human rights, fundamentalism, sexualities and new technologies. It describes the struggles around body politics for people living in economic and socially vulnerable communities. The viewpoints are diverse - from the self, family and community to the public at national and international levels. The book's originality comes through the author's rich personal insights, her own engagement in feminist activism, global body politics, women¹s
 movements, and gender and development policy debates.Contents
Introduction: Invisible Bodies
1: What is Body Politics? 
2: Reproductive Bodies
3: Productive and Caring Bodies 
4: Violated Bodies 
5: Sexualized Bodies
6: Techno Bodies
About the Author
Wendy Harcourt is a feminist researcher and activist working at the Society for International Development in Rome Italy as senior advisor and chief editor of the quarterly journal Development. Since 1988 she has built up the journal to be one of the most honest and critical quarterly publications on development. Born in Australia she now lives in Italy and is actively engaged in global feminist politics through her work with Women in Development Europe, European Feminist Forum and the Feminist Dialogues. Her work and commitment to global gender justice has taken her around the world teaming up with UN policy makers, research institutes, women's groups and social justice movements. She has written extensively on globalization and development from a gender perspective. Global Body Politics in Gender and Development is her first full-length book.

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