By Vivian Kinnaird, Janet Momsen
Varied locations, diversified Voices demanding situations Western feminist and post-colonial methods in its research of the altering lives of ladies of Asia, Africa, Latin the United States and Oceania. Recognising the importance of position, it is a booklet proficient by means of the voices of woman geographers from the constructing international. Twenty case stories current neighborhood views on city and rural improvement, loved ones replica and construction and group organization. The theoretical and contextual strategy and the emphasis on position and positionality spotlight the variations created by way of position to signify alternative ways of seeing.
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Extra info for Different Places, Different Voices: Gender and Development in Africa, Asia and Latin America (International Studies of Women and Place)
Most of these studies have stemmed from academic and development research by geographers who are contributing to equitable development by documenting and analysing the situation of women nationally, and regionally, to attract attention to the position of women by indicating areas where policy intervention may be needed. The work of geographers on women seems to point in one major direction, despite the complexities perceived through class and gender analysis in women’s studies. The environmental crisis in the whole of Africa, with its persistent drought and desertification particularly in northern and western Africa, has further heightened interest among geographers.
In addition to national and international statistics of socioeconomic indicators of development, various categories of women and men in urban and rural settings need to be studied. In order to do this some of the parameters that could be taken into consideration are employment status, gender relations over time to reflect the occupation structure, settlement patterns, population and family planning, and spatial mobility. The different types of migration and their impact on both women and men should equally be studied.
These developments have had great influence on African feminist scholarship. The interest in women’s studies as a separate discipline is being increasingly recognised in African universities. For instance, Makerere University of Uganda has recently established a women’s studies department. A research and documentation centre has been established at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. An increasing interest in these types of institutions is evident. 11 AFRICA Just like their counterparts in the arts and social sciences, geographers’ contributions to women’s studies are demonstrated through research initiatives and curricula development.