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Patriarchy and DevelopmentWomen's Positions at the End of the Twentieth Century$
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Valentine M. Moghadam

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290230

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290230.001.0001

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Gender, Patriarchy, and Development in Africa: The Zimbabwean Case

Gender, Patriarchy, and Development in Africa: The Zimbabwean Case

(p.145) Gender, Patriarchy, and Development in Africa: The Zimbabwean Case
Patriarchy and Development

Jane L. Parpan

Oxford University Press

Because of autocratic rule, civil wars, economic decline, and various political and social situations faced in the region, it is difficult to provide an accurate assessment about the subordination and emancipation of women in Africa. Although looking into the relationship between the dominant patriarchal ideologies and the access of women to benefits brought about by development is difficult in terms of providing continent-wide generalizations, this chapter takes on the analysis of one country — Zimbabwe. This chapter examines post-independence issues on the development of women, specifically adopting the gender and development viewpoint and acquiring insights from postmodernist feminism. The chapter attempts to investigate how, from the 1980s onwards, women's educational and employment opportunities have developed and how patriarchal theories were still able to impose certain restrictions to women.

Keywords:   Africa, Zimbabwe, patriarchal ideologies, gender and development, postmodernist feminism, restrictions

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