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Empowerment, citizenship and gender justice: a contribution to locally grounded theories of change in women's lives

Kabeer, Naila ORCID: 0000-0001-7769-9540 (2012) Empowerment, citizenship and gender justice: a contribution to locally grounded theories of change in women's lives. Ethics and Social Welfare, 6 (3). pp. 216-232. ISSN 1749-6543

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17496535.2012.704055

Abstract

Struggles for gender justice by women's movements have sought to give legal recognition to gender equality at both national and international levels. However, such society-wide goals may have little resonance in the lives of individual men and women in contexts where a culture of individual rights is weak or missing and the stress is on the moral economy of kinship and community. While empowerment captures the myriad ways in which intended and unintended changes can enhance the ability of individual women to exercise greater control over their own lives, it does not necessarily lead to their engagement in collective struggles for gender justice. This paper argues that ideas about citizenship, as both legal status and potential for action, can help bridge this gulf between institutional and individual change. It draws on empirical research from Afghanistan and Bangladesh to explore the extent to which efforts to empower women by development organisations have also encompassed discourses of citizenship which allow them to articulate, and act on, their vision for a just society.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/resw20
Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 14:21
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2020 23:43
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51113

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