Gender Trouble Makers

Gender Trouble Makers

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International development efforts aimed at improving girlsa€™ lives and education have been well-intended, somewhat effective, but ultimately short-sighted and incomplete. This is because international development efforts often operate under a reductive understanding of the term 'gender' and how it influences the lives of girls and boys. Gender is more commonly conceived by international efforts as characteristics which are ascribed to girls as norms for behaviour. In particular, the analysis in Gender Trouble Makers focuses on the social constructions of gender and the ways in which gender was reinforced and maintained through a case study in rural Nepal. In developing countries like Nepal, promoting access to and participation in existing formal education programme is clearly necessary, but it is not, in itself, sufficient to transform gender power relations in the broader society. When gender is properly addressed as a process, then all stakeholders involved - researchers, governmental officials, and community members - can begin to understand and devise more effective ways to increase both girl and boy studentsa€™ enrollment, participation, and success in school.a€”Jirel woman with a Class 10 education Nepali and English are the most important subjects forgirls because these subjects are veryeasy forgirls tostudy. a€”Nonliterate Chhetri woman Girls cana#39;t take English because it is too difficult for them.

Title:Gender Trouble Makers
Author:Jennifer Rothchild
Publisher:Routledge - 2007-05-07


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