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Title:Gender, Globalisation and Marginalisation in Africa
Author:Olurode, Lai
Year:2003
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:28
Issue:3-4
Pages:67-88
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:gender division of labour
global economy
poverty
women
politics
Women's Issues
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
economics
Sex Roles
gender
gender relations
globalization
Marginalism
social change
Gender equality
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24482695
Abstract:Globalization is discussed as an all-encompassing historical process of change that has been with humanity for generations. Yet, it is a system of domination and disempowerment which impacts social groups differently. Globalization is altering gender relations in societies as well as distancing people from the very cultural resources within their societies. In the latter sense, globalization deepens dependency in all its facets. The paper's main objective is to demonstrate how globalization is marginalizing women in Africa. For Africa, the central elements of globalization are liberalization of the economy - Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAP) - and political reform (democratization). But men and women differ in their responses to globalization and in the strategies that are being employed to smuggle gender-specific agendas into the State arena. The article describes the forms of resistance women have deployed in the face of globalization, and notes the enhanced visibility of women in politics. The article employs content analysis, observation, and personal interviews to enrich the analysis. In its conclusion, the article cautions against an undiscriminatory consumption of the products (whether material or immaterial) of globalization. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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