Body Politics in Development: Critical Debates in Gender and Development
This bookexplores how activists around the world have organized to fight for their economic and social rights and well-being, to end violence against women and militarism, to promote sexual and reproductive rights, and to protect bodily integrity in the face of the new biotechnologies. Seeing the body as a fluid site of power and political contestation where specific cultu...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Zed Books
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I wanted to love this book, but in the end I merely liked it. I felt like Harcourt spent a lot of time telling me what she was going to tell me, then never actually telling me what she told me she would tell me. When she used specific examples and stories, though, things got really fascinating. The most interesting chapters for me were the introduction, and the chapters on "Violated Bodies" and "Sexualized Bodies."
We read this for WGST 408: Gender, Power, and International Development. Harcourt's analysis will probably forever influence my thinking about development, and I think that her constant questioning of difficult topics has strengthened my own critical thinking abilities.