Approaches to Women and Development in Rural China
In this paper I analyze the language and concepts framing approaches taken by the Chinese women’s movement to women and rural development. Until the late 1990s the language adopted by Chinese women’s organizations concerned with rural development was quite different from that of development agencies elsewhere, but since that time it has become increasingly similar. In this paper I ask: to what extent did the earlier language of Chinese women’s development activists point to understandings and practices that were different from those of the global development movement? And what might be the significance of the growing convergence between the two?