Gender Justice, Citizenship, and Development

By Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay; Navsharan Singh | Go to book overview

Situating Gender and Citizenship in
Development Debates

Towards a Strategy

MAITRAYEE MUKHOPADHYAY


Introduction

This essay situates gender and citizenship in development debates and research, and is in three parts. The first part discusses how and why the discourse of citizenship has entered into development debates on poverty, participation and the role and responsibility of governance institutions. What are the implications for the distribution of rights, resources and recognition? Like much else in development, issues of gender justice and the problematic of women's citizenship are not automatically part of these discourses. Thus, scholarly work and activism that contributes to highlighting them is of immense significance.

The second part of the essay discusses the strategic theoretical concerns involved in investigating gendered citizenship. It summarizes the main points made in the Introduction and the regional papers. It also points to those key areas that have and continue to go missing in theoretical

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