Feminist Economics


Feminist Economics

9781843765684 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Lourdes Benería, Emerita Professor of Post-Graduate Studies, Cornell University, US and Senior Associate, IIEDG (Inter-University Institute on Women and Gender Studies), Spain, Ann Mari May, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US and Diana Strassmann, Professor in the Practice, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Rice University, US
Publication Date: 2011 ISBN: 978 1 84376 568 4 Extent: 2,112 pp
This important selection of articles shows how feminist economics has illuminated our understanding of topics such as household decision-making, the care economy, globalization, the feminization of the labour force, macroeconomics, trade, development, and international migration. Many of the essays provide a feminist perspective on policy and social transformation.

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Lourdes Benería, Ann Mari May and Diana Strassmann have combined to produce a major new three-volume research collection that demonstrates the breadth and significance of feminist scholarship in economics.

This important selection of articles shows how feminist economics has illuminated our understanding of topics such as household decision-making, the care economy, globalization, the feminization of the labour force, macroeconomics, trade, development, and international migration. Many of the essays provide a feminist perspective on policy and social transformation.

The editors have provided an original introduction to the literature, ensuring that these volumes will be an essential source of reference for both students and scholars.
86 articles, dating from 1990 to 2008
Contributors include: B. Agarwal, C.D. Deere, D. Elson, N. Folbre, N. Kabeer, J.Nelson, M.C. Nussbaum, J. Rubery, S. Seguino, A. Sen

Volume I: Feminism, Economics and Well-being


Introduction Lourdes Benería, Ann Mari May and Diana Strassmann

A Feminism and Economics: Rethinking Theory
1. Paula England (1993), ‘The Separative Self: Androcentric Bias in Neoclassical Assumptions’
2. Diana Strassmann (1993), ‘Not a Free Market: The Rhetoric of Disciplinary Authority in Economics’
3. Julie A. Nelson (1995), ‘Feminism and Economics’
4. Frances Woolley (2000), ‘Degrees of Connection: A Critique of Rawls’s Theory of Mutual Disinterest’
5. S. Charusheela and Eiman Zein-Elabdin (2003), ‘Feminism, Postcolonial Thought, and Economics’
6. Eiman Zein-Elabdin (2003), ‘The Difficulty of a Feminist Economics’
7. Marilyn Power (2004), ‘Social Provisioning as a Starting Point for Feminist Economics’
8. Colin Danby (2007), ‘Political Economy and the Closet: Heteronormativity in Feminist Economics’

B How Do Economists Know: Feminist Perspectives on Economic Methods and Argument
9. Diana Strassmann and Livia Polanyi (1995), ‘The Economist as Storyteller: What the Texts Reveal’
10. Günseli Berik (1997), ‘The Need for Crossing the Method Boundaries in Economics Research’
11. Marlene Kim (1997), ‘Poor Women Survey Poor Women: Feminist Perspectives in Survey Research’
12. Marilyn Power, Ellen Mutari and Deborah M. Figart (2003), ‘Beyond Markets: Wage Setting and the Methodology of Feminist Political Economy’

C Feminist Perspectives on the History of Economic Thought
13. Michèle Pujol (1995), ‘Into the Margin!’
14. Lynn C. Burbridge (1997), ‘Black Women in the History of African American Economic Thought: A Critical Essay’
15. Edith Kuiper (2006), ‘Adam Smith and his Feminist Contemporaries’

A Capabilities and Human Rights
16. Martha C. Nussbaum (2003) ‘Capabilities as Fundamental Entitlements: Sen and Social Justice’
17. Ingrid Robeyns (2003), ‘Sen’s Capability Approach and Gender Inequality: Selecting Relevant Capabilities’
18. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (2003), ‘The Human Development Paradigm: Operationalizing Sen’s Ideas On Capabilities’
19. Amartya Sen (2004), ‘Dialogue Capabilities, Lists, and Public Reason: Continuing the Conversation’

B Health and Longevity
20. Amartya Sen (1990), ‘More Than 100 Million Are Missing’
21. Stephan Klasen and Claudia Wink (2003), ‘”Missing Women”: Revisiting the Debate’

C Access to Property and Assets
22. Bina Agarwal (1994), ‘Gender and Command Over Property: A Critical Gap in Economic Analysis and Policy in South Asia’
23. Michael Kevane and Leslie C. Gray (1999), ‘A Woman’s Field is Made at Night: Gendered Land Rights and Norms in Burkina Faso’
24. Junjie Chen and Gale Summerfield (2007), ‘Gender and Rural Reforms in China: A Case Study of Population Control and Land Rights Policies in Northern Liaoning’
25. Carmen Diana Deere and Cheryl R. Doss (2008), ‘Gender and the Distribution of Wealth in Developing Countries’

D Education
26. M. Anne Hill and Elizabeth M. King (1995), ‘Women’s Education and Economic Well-Being’
27. Martha C. Nussbaum (2003), ‘Women’s Education: A Global Challenge’
28. Ann Mari May (2006), ‘”Sweeping the Heavens for a Comet”: Women, the Language of Political Economy, and Higher Education in the US’

E Race, Caste, Class and Ethnic Relations
29. Mary C. King (1993), ‘Black Women’s Breakthrough into Clerical Work: An Occupational Tipping Model’
30. Ashwini Deshpande (2002), ‘Assets versus Autonomy? The Changing Face of the Gender-Caste Overlap in India’
31. Otrude N. Moyo and Saliwe M. Kawewe (2002), ‘The Dynamics of a Racialized, Gendered, Ethnicized and Economically Stratified Society: Understanding the Socio-Economic Status of Women in Zimbabwe’

Volume II: Households, Paid and Unpaid Work, and the Care Economy


An introduction to all three volumes by the editor appears in Volume I

A Heterosexual Families
1. Amartya K. Sen (1990), ‘Gender and Cooperative Conflicts’
2. Bina Agarwal (1997), ‘“Bargaining” and Gender Relations: Within and Beyond the Household’
3. Elizabeth Katz (1997), ‘The Intra-Household Economics of Voice and Exit’
4. S. Charusheela (2003), ‘Empowering Work? Bargaining Models Reconsidered’
5. Greta Friedemann-Sánchez (2006), ‘Assets in Intrahousehold Bargaining Among Women Workers in Colombia’s Cut-Flower Industry’
6. Fiona MacPhail and Xiao-yuan Dong (2007), ‘Women’s Market Work and Household Status in Rural China: Evidence from Jiangsu and Shandong in the Late 1990s’
7. Bina Agarwal and Pradeep Panda (2007), ‘Toward Freedom from Domestic Violence: The Neglected Obvious’

B Same Sex and Lone Mother Families
8. M.V. Lee Badgett (1995), ‘Gender, Sexuality, and Sexual Orientation: All in the Feminist Family?’
9. Judith Record McKinney (2004), ‘Lone Mothers in Russia: Soviet and Post-Soviet Policy’
10. Kanchana N. Ruwanpura and Jane Humphries (2004), ‘Mundane Heroines: Conflict, Ethnicity, Gender, and Female Headship in Eastern Sri Lanka’

C Sexuality and Reproduction
11. Ines Smyth (1996), ‘Gender Analysis of Family Planning: Beyond the Feminist vs. Population Control Debate’
12. Linda DeRiviere (2006), ‘A Human Capital Methodology for Estimating the Lifelong Personal Costs of Young Women Leaving the Sex Trade’
13. Alys Willman (2008), ‘Safety First, Then Condoms: Commercial Sex, Risky Behavior, and the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Managua, Nicaragua’
14. Eileen Stillwaggon (2008), ‘Race, Sex, and the Neglected Risks for Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa’

D Children
15. Nancy Folbre (1994), ‘Children as Public Goods’
16. Deborah Levison (2000), ‘Children as Economic Agents’

A The Totality of Women’s Work
17. Cristina Carrasco and Arantxa Rodríguez (2000), ‘Women, Families, and Work in Spain: Structural Changes and New Demands’
18. Carmen Sirianni and Cynthia Negrey (2000), ‘Working Time As Gendered Time’

B Unpaid Work, Time Use and the Care Economy
19. Maria Sagrario Floro (1995), ‘Women’s Well-Being, Poverty, and Work Intensity’
20. Gabrielle Meagher (1997), ‘Recreating “Domestic Service”: Institutional Cultures and the Evolution of Paid Household Work’
21. Anita Nyberg (2000), ‘From Foster Mothers to Child Care Centers: A History of Working Mothers and Child Care in Sweden’
22. Jennifer C. Olmsted (2005), ‘Gender, Aging, and the Evolving Arab Patriarchal Contract’
23. Nancy Folbre (2006), ‘Measuring Care: Gender, Empowerment, and the Care Economy’

C The Paid Economy
24. Myra H. Strober, Suzanne Gerlach-Downie and Kenneth E. Yeager (1995), ‘Child Care Centers as Workplaces’
25. Lourdes Benería and Maria S. Floro (2006), ‘Labour Market Informalization, Gender and Social Protection: Reflections on Poor Urban Households in Bolivia, Ecuador’
26. M.V. Lee Badgett (2007), ‘Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: A Review of the Literature in Economics and Beyond’
27. Wendy Sigle-Rushton and Jane Waldfogel (2007), ‘Motherhood and Women’s Earnings in Anglo-American, Continental European, and Nordic Countries’
28. Pun Ngai (2007), ‘Gendering the Dormitory Labor System: Production, Reproduction, and Migrant Labor in South China’
29. Elena Bardasi and Janet C. Gornick (2008), ‘Working for Less? Women’s Part-Time Wage Penalties Across Countries’

Volume III: Global Perspectives on Gender


An introduction to all three volumes by the editor appears in Volume I

A Globalization
1. Marilyn Carr, Martha Alter Chen and Jane Tate (2000), ‘Globalization and Home-Based Workers’
2. Suzanne Bergeron (2001), ‘Political Economy Discourses of Globalization and Feminist Politics’
3. Lourdes Benería (2003), ‘Markets, Globalization and Gender’
4. Naila Kabeer (2004), ‘Globalization, Labor Standards and Women’s Rights: Dilemmas of Collective (In)Action in an Interdependent World’
5. Stephanie Seguino (2007), ‘Plus Ça Change? Evidence on Global Trends in Gender Norms and Stereotypes’
6. Elissa Braunstein (2008), ‘Making Policy Work for Women: Gender, Foreign Direct Investment and Development’

B Development, Macroeconomics, Trade and Finance
7. Anne Marie Goetz and Rina Sen Gupta (1996), ‘Who Takes the Credit? Gender, Power, and Control Over Loan Use in Rural Credit Programs in Bangladesh’
8. Diane Elson and Nilüfer Çağatay (2000), ‘The Social Content of Macroeconomic Policies’
9. Naila Kabeer (2001), ‘Conflicts Over Credit: Re-Evaluating the Empowerment Potential of Loans to Women in Rural Bangladesh’
10. Stephanie Seguino and Caren Grown (2006), ‘Gender Equity and Globalization: Macroeconomic Policy for Developing Countries’
11. Diane Elson, Caren Grown and Nilüfer Çağatay (2007), ‘Mainstream, Heterodox, and Feminist Trade Theory’
12. Günseli Berik and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers (2008), ‘Engendering Development Strategies and Macroeconomic Policies: What’s Sound and Sensible?’

C The Environment and Ecological Relations
13. Bina Agarwal (1992), ‘The Gender and Environmental Debate: Lessons from India’
14. Bina Agarwal (2000), ‘Conceptualising Environmental Collective Action: Why Gender Matters’

15. Barbara R. Bergmann (1997), ‘Government Support for Families with Children in the United States and France’
16. Martha MacDonald (1998), ‘Gender and Social Security Policy: Pitfalls and Possibilities’
17. Randy Albelda (2001), ‘Welfare-to-Work, Farewell to Families? US Welfare Reform and Work/Family Debates’
18. Rhonda Sharp and Ray Broomhill (2002), ‘Budgeting for Equality: The Australian Experience’
19. Susan Himmelweit (2002), ‘Making Visible the Hidden Economy: The Case for Gender-Impact Analysis of Economic Policy’
20. Francesca Bettio and Janneke Plantenga (2004), ‘Comparing Care Regimes in Europe’
21. Agneta Stark (2005), ‘Warm Hands in Cold Age – On the Need of a New World Order of Care’
22. Jill Rubery (2005), ‘Reflections on Gender Mainstreaming: An Example of Feminist Economics in Action?’
23. Caren Grown (2005), ‘Answering the Skeptics: Achieving Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals’
24. Lourdes Benería (2008), ‘The Crisis of Care, International Migration, and Public Policy’
25. Shahra Razavi (2008), ‘Maternalist Politics in Norway and the Islamic Republic of Iran’
26. Stephanie Seguino (2008), ‘The Road to Gender Equality: Global Trends and the Way Forward’
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