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Complicit SistersGender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides$
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Sara de Jong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190626563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626563.001.0001

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Bridging Distance

Bridging Distance

(p.88) Chapter 4 Bridging Distance
Complicit Sisters

Sara de Jong

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how women negotiate their relation with those they support in light of assumptions about space and distance in development. The first section discusses how stories and field trips feature in strategies to remain connected. The chapter subsequently argues that partner organizations are key to bridging the geographical and “imaginary” distance between women in the North and beneficiaries in the South and suggests that these serve not only as “bridge” but also as “replacement.” It connects this analysis of the function of partnerships with a structural critique offered by postcolonial and critical development literature. Finally, this chapter engages with the contentions around the representative role of global civil society, including but not limited to concerns about distance. The interviews demonstrate that both representation and alternative models, such as facilitation of self-representation, cannot resolve certain contentions and that construction should be acknowledged as an inevitable dimension of representation.

Keywords:   partner organization, partnership, field visit, distance, space, representation, advocacy, lobbying, participation, morality

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