ERIC Number: ED245998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep-4
Reference Count: 0
Why Women: Reflections on the Need to Emphasize Women in Teaching about Development.
Segal, Marcia Texler
A feminist critique of development literature, with specific sub-Saharan examples, shows that development studies and projects are rooted in Western male world views. Researchers, guided by prevailing theory, ask questions about power, control, work, and social life from the point of view of the powerful, i.e., the men. Male research subjects tell their side of the story and interpret female behavior from their perspective. Development studies generally lack appropriate technical and conceptual tools with which to study women's positions in society. It is crucial to the advancement of women and of feminist scholarship and to the successful outcome of development that the question of the subordination of women be considered by researchers and that feminist scholars be familiar with the development literature. By teaching about women in development, educators can make students aware of the complexity and variety as well as the universality that characterize humanity and force them to reevaluate assumptions, models, and paradigms. A 2-part bibliography concludes this paper. (RM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN.
Identifiers: Africa (Sub Sahara)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Detroit, MI, August 31-September 4, 1983).