ERIC Number: ED157674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Woman and Development: A World System Approach.
Flora, Cornelia Butler
The negative impact of development on women is widespread in a variety of areas, across classes, in different parts of the world. The structural and historical processes that erode the power of women and shift the balance of power to men's favor, as well as shifting power to fewer and fewer men, are related to integration in a world economic system that demands a mobile labor force and the alienation of land, which is then used as a commodity rather than a resource. In earlier days it was assumed that development, following precisely the western model, would be a good thing for everybody. Women, marginal to the whole process, would of course be brought along with the men. Now, however, we are convinced that the western mode of development is fraught with problems for the developing world. Further, women are now seen both as independent and dependent variables in the development process. Women are very often victims of a development process imposed upon them by western men making western assumptions about what women do. When women are left out of the development process, change becomes lopsided and less effective; as women lose status, future positive change becomes endangered. The implications of territorial displacement of women are crucial in understanding the adverse impact of development on women. Multi-national linkages in development have drawn men away from the countryside and made the life of rural women even more difficult. (Author/BR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (San Francisco, California, September 1978); Not available in hard copy due to author's preference