In previous chapters, we have covered broad historical issues, or focused on topics drawn from the traditional repertoire of comparative politics. In this chapter we complement the account given so far by examining aspects of social, economic and political change in the Third World from the perspective of gender. Beyond their differences, political parties and military regimes in the Third World have one thing in common: they are predominantly or wholly male-dominated institutions. Third World revolutions, too, have only been partially successful in challenging this pattern of male domination. Too often accounts of social and economic change in the Third World have ignored the issue of gender. In particular, they have often overlooked the part played in it by the subordination of women to the authority and designs of men, and the varied individual and collective responses of women.
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