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Review: Women and Modernization Theory: A Decade of Feminist Criticism: Women's Role in Economic Development. by Ester Boserup
Reviewed Works: Women's Role in Economic Development. by Ester Boserup; Women in the Twentieth Century World. by Elise Boulding; Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism. by Zillah H. Eisenstein; The Domestication of Women: Discrimination in Developing Societies. by Barbara Rogers
Review by: Jane S. Jaquette
Vol. 34, No. 2 (Jan., 1982), pp. 267-284
Published by: Cambridge University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2010265
Page Count: 18
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The literature on women's role in economic and political development, and on the impact of development policies on women, illuminates both the process of modernization and the nature of male-female relations. Three main kinds of approaches--liberal modernization theory and its feminist critiques, socialist approaches and their feminist critiques, and an eclectic "female sphere" position that emphasizes the need to replace male-dominated theory and practice with female experience and values--are discussed. Each approach has a distinct view of the causes, consequences, and significance of women's inferior status during modernization, and each proposes different strategies of change. The clarification of theoretical differences suggests new opportunities for productive research with implications for public policy.
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