Introduction: Dilemmas, Dialogues, Debates

  • Wendy Harcourt


This handbook starts from the premise that feminists engaged in GAD debates are caught in a dilemma. On the one hand they wish to act in solidarity across the globe, to create spaces and possibilities for all women, wherever they are placed. But, on the other hand, they can only do so by unpacking the profound divisions, tensions and systemic inequalities and failures that underline a development discourse dividing cultures and societies into ‘developed’ and ‘undeveloped’. To begin with, as Raewyn Connell points out in her foreword, even speaking about ‘women’ proves to be a dilemma, as does feminist engagement working for social justice in a world dominated by patriarchal, racist, militarist neoliberal capitalism.


Social Movement Feminist Theory Body Politics Political Ecology Feminist Activist 
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