The Post War Period Essay

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Since the beginning of the post-war period, thinking on how best developing or ‘Global South’ countries can advance to the level of the United States or Western Europe has been notably altered. From its origins as a colonial discourse on direct intervention to a system based on financial aid and development projects, development theories encompass a wide range of ideas from plumbing like Water Aid to exported democracy and renewable energy. Diane Elson was among several 20th-century feminist critics to argue that contemporary development thought recreated older divisions, particularly notable in the exclusion of women’s perspectives within development theories, arguing that: “It facilitates the view that ‘women’, as general category, can be added to an existing approach to analysis and policy, and that this will be sufficient to change development outcomes so as to improve women’s position. It facilitates the view that ‘women’s issues’ can be tackled in isolation from women’s relation to men.” (Elson, 1995, p.1) Numerous efforts to apply women’s perspectives and gender relations to development have followed her work. Elson continues to argue against simplistic notions that involve simply attaching women to an entire theory and emphasises deconstruction and reconstruction of existing theories with women involved at all levels in order to properly examine development in terms of gender relations. While some development theories absorb women’s perspectives, some are entirely…

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