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Taking the power out of empowerment – an experiential account

Taking the power out of empowerment – an experiential account This article traces the centuries-long evolution of the concept and practice of empowerment, its adoption by radical social movements, especially women's movements from the 1970s onwards, and its conversion, by the late 1990s, into a buzzword. Situating the analysis in the context of women's empowerment interventions in India, the article describes the dynamic of the depoliticisation and subversion of a process that challenged the deepest structures of social power. The ‘downsizing’ and constriction of the concept within state policy, the de-funding of genuine empowerment strategies on the ground, and the substitution of microfinance and political quotas for empowerment are examined and analysed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Development in Practice Taylor & Francis

Taking the power out of empowerment – an experiential account

Development in Practice , Volume 17 (4-5): 9 – Aug 1, 2007
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Oxfam GB
ISSN
1364-9213
eISSN
0961-4524
DOI
10.1080/09614520701469559
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Abstract

This article traces the centuries-long evolution of the concept and practice of empowerment, its adoption by radical social movements, especially women's movements from the 1970s onwards, and its conversion, by the late 1990s, into a buzzword. Situating the analysis in the context of women's empowerment interventions in India, the article describes the dynamic of the depoliticisation and subversion of a process that challenged the deepest structures of social power. The ‘downsizing’ and constriction of the concept within state policy, the de-funding of genuine empowerment strategies on the ground, and the substitution of microfinance and political quotas for empowerment are examined and analysed.

Journal

Development in PracticeTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2007

Keywords: Gender and Diversity; Aid; Rights; SE Asia

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