Feminist Futures

Reimagining Women, Culture and Development

Edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya A. Kurian and Debashish Munshi

Second Edition


Interweaves scholarship and social activism to explore the evolving position of women in the global South.

Straddling disciplines and continents, Feminist Futures interweaves scholarship and social activism to explore the evolving position of women in the South.

Working at the intersection of cultural studies, critical development studies and feminist theory, the book's contributors articulate a radical and innovative framework for understanding the linkages between women, culture and development, applying it to issues ranging from sexuality and the gendered body to the environment, technology and the cultural politics of representation.

This revised and updated edition brings together leading academics, as well as a new generation of activists and scholars, to provide a fresh perspective on the ways in which women in the South are transforming our understanding of development.

Author Bio

Kum-Kum Bhavnani is professor of sociology, global studies and feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

John Foran is professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Priya A. Kurian is professor of political science and public policy at the University of Waikato.

Debashish Munshi is professor of management communication at the University of Waikato.

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • 1. An Introduction to Women, Culture and Development - Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran and Priya A. Kurian
  • Visions I
    • Maria’s Stories - Maria Ofelia Navarrete
    • The Woof and the Warp - Luisa Valenzuela
    • Consider the Problem of Privatisation - Anna Tsing
  • Part I: Sexuality and the Gendered Body
    • 2. More ‘"Tragedies" in Out-of-the-Way Places: Oceanic Interpretations of Another Scale’ - Yvonne Underhill-Sem with Kaita Sem
    • 3. ‘Revolution with a Woman’s Face’? Family Norms, Constitutional Reform, and the Politics of Redistribution in Post/Neoliberal Ecuador - Amy Lind
    • 4. Claiming the State: Revisiting Women’s Reproductive Identity in India’s Development Policy - Rachel Simon-Kumar
    • 5. Abortion and African Culture: A Case Study of Kenya - Jane Wambui Njagi
    • 6. Bodies and Choices: African Matriarchs and Mammy Water - Ifi Amadiume
  • Visions II
    • Empowerment: Snakes and Ladders - Jan Nederveen Pieterse
    • Gendered Sexualities and Lived Experience: Revisiting the Case of Gay Sexuality in Women, Culture and Development - Dana Collins
    • Revolutionary Women’s Struggle and Leadership: Building Local Political Power in Rural Areas in the Age of Neoliberal Globalization - Peter Chua
    • ‘What Should I Say about a Dream?’: Reflections on Adolescent Girls, Agency and Citizenship - Gauri Nandedkar
  • Part II: Environment, Technology, Science
    • 7. New Lenses with Limited Vision: Shell Scenarios, Science Fiction, Storytelling Wars - David McKie with Akanksha Munshi-Kurian
    • 8. Development Nationalism: Science, Religion and the Quest for a Modern India - Banu Subramaniam
    • 9. What Would Rachel Say? - Joni Seager
    • 10. Negotiating Human-Nature Boundaries, Cultural Hierarchies and Masculinist Paradigms of Development Studies - Priya A. Kurian and Debashish Munshi
    • 11. The Intersection of Women, Culture and Development: Conversations about Visions for the Future – Take Two - Arturo Escobar and Wendy Harcourt
  • Visions III
    • Alternatives to Development: Of Love, Dreams and Revolution - John Foran
    • Dreams and Process in Development Theory and Practice - Light Carruyo
    • The Subjective Side of Development: Sources of Well-Being, Resources for Struggle - Linda Klouzal
  • Part III: The Cultural Politics of Representation
    • 12. Of Rural Mothers, Urban Whores and Working Daughters: Women and the Critique of Neocolonial Development in Taiwan’s Nativist Literature - Ming-yan Lai
    • 13. Revisiting the mostaz’af and the mostakbar - Minoo Moallem
    • 14. Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter: ‘Women, Culture and Development’ from a Francophone or Postcolonial Perspective - Anjali Prabhu
    • 15. The Precarious Middle Class: Gender, Risk and Mobility in the New Indian Economy - Raka Ray
  • Visions IV
    • An Antipodean Take on Gender, Culture and Development Co-operation - Susanne Schech
    • On Activist Scholarship and Women, Culture and Development - Julie Shayne
    • Women, Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Sustainable Development - Sangion Appiee Tiu
    • Reimagining Climate Justice: What the World Needs Now is Love, Hope ... and You - John Foran
  • Postscript: A Conversation about the Future of Women, Culture and Development - Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya A. Kurian and Debashish Munshi


‘Provides a rich perspective on the lived experiences and agencies of women. A highly creative endeavour that will be valuable to activists and academics.’
Leela Fernandes, author of Transnational Feminism in the United States

‘A diverse and exciting tapestry of themes and authors.’
Lourdes Beneria, Cornell University (Emerita)

‘A candid and hard-hitting agenda for feminist scholarship and activism in the South in the twenty-first century.’
Patricia Mohammed, University of the West Indies

‘The women, culture and development approach that the authors embrace is more prescient and necessary than ever.’
Amrita Basu, Amherst College

'Readable and well written ... especially valuable in the classroom.'

'[A] valuable and often challenging volume, a winding river that yields nuggets of gold.'
Gender and Development


Publication Date: 15 October 2016
528 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback 2nd Edition: 9781783606382
Hardback 2nd Edition: 9781783606399
eBook ePub 2nd Edition: 9781783606412
eBook PDF 2nd Edition: 9781783606405
eBook Kindle 2nd Edition: 9781783606429
Library Edition: 9781842770283

Previous Editions: Paperback 1st Edition: 9781842770290

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