Rethinking the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ Thesis

Rethinking the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ Thesis Sex Roles (2009) 61:293–296 DOI 10.1007/s11199-009-9614-8 BOOK REVIEW Gender, Generation and Poverty: Exploring the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Edited by Sylvia Chant. Cheltenham, UK, 2007, 428 pp. £89.95 ISBN 9781 84376 992 7 (cased), £29.95 ISBN 978 1 84376 993 4 (paperback). Leonora C. Angeles Published online: 10 April 2009 # Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009 Studies of development have many long held truisms. Among number of documentary films, most notably the four-part the familiar ones are the powerful magic wand of girls’ Feminization of Poverty Series produced by the National education (e.g., Sweetman 1998), the power of micro-credit Film Board of Canada between 1987 to 1994 (Browne and and micro-enterprise to alleviate poverty and empower Basmajian 1994; Ochrymovych and Basmajian 1987, 1988; women (e.g. Blumberg 1995; Ledgerwood 1999), the “magic Wright and Basmajian 1990). This film series documented bullet” of participation (e.g. Schneider and World Bank the lives of single mothers, divorced women, and pregnant 1996; for critiques, see Cooke and Kothari 2001; Edwards teenagers dealing with poverty, abusive partners and the and Hulme 1995), and the positive role of decentralization in welfare system. Its place in popular consciousness and development, Sex Roles Springer Journals

Rethinking the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ Thesis

Sex Roles , Volume 61 (4) – Apr 10, 2009

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