Women in the Latin American Development Process

Edna Acosta-Belén, and Christine E. Bose
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PB: $33.95
EAN: 978-1-56639-293-8
Publication: Mar 95

HC: $83.50
EAN: 978-1-56639-292-1
Publication: Apr 95

304 pages
6 x 9
20 tables

The role of gender and politics in the ever-changing goals and effects of development

Read the Introduction (pdf).


This interdisciplinary volume provides a historical and international framework for understanding the changing role of women in the political economy of Latin America and the Caribbean. The contributors challenge the traditional policies, goals, and effects of development, and examine such topics as colonialism and women's subordination; the links to economic, social, and political trends in North America; the gendered division of paid and unpaid work; differing economic structures, cultural and class patterns; women's organized resistance; and the relationship of gender to class, race, and ethnicity/nationality.


"Although the essays vary widely in the depth of their analysis, they disagree little on the significance of changes in society caused by the global economy and the participation of women in the public workplace."
The Hispanic American Historical Review

Table of Contents

Introduction – Christine E. Bose and Edna Acosta-Belén

Part I: From Colonization to Development and Industrialization: Gender and the Economy
1. Colonialism, Structural Subordination, and Empowerment: Women in the Development Process in Latin America and the Caribbean – Edna Acosta-Belén and Christine E. Bose
2. Gender, Industrialization, Transnational Corporations, and Development: An Overview of Trends and Patterns – Kathryn B. Ward and Jean Larson Pyle
3. Feminist Inroads in the Study of Women's Work and Development – Luz del Alba Acevedo
4. Recasting Women in the Global Economy: Internationalization and Changing Definitions of Gender – M. Patricia Fernández Kelly and Saskia Sassen
5. Gender, Industrialization, and Development in Puerto Rico – Palmira N. Ríos

Part II: Empowering Women: Individual, Household, and Collective Strategies
6. Latin American Women in the World Capitalist Crisis – June Nash
7. Gender and Multiple Income Strategies in Rural Mexico: A Twenty-Year Perspective – Frances Abrahamer Rothstein
8. Gender, Microenterprise, Performance, and Power: Case Studies from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Swaziland – Rae Lesser Blumberg
9. Women's Social Movements in Latin America – Helen Icken Safa
10. Revolutionary Popular Feminism in Nicaragua: Ideologies, Political Transactions, and the Struggle for Autonomy – Norma Stoltz Chinchilla

About the Editors and Contributors

About the Author(s)

Christine E. Bose is Associate Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is also author of Women in 1900: Gateway to the Political Economy of the 20th Century (Temple).

Edna Acosta-Belén is Distinguished Service Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Women's Studies and the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY.