Dilemmas of Difference: Indigenous Women and the Limits of Postcolonial Development Policy
Sarah A. Radcliffe is Professor of Latin American Geography at the University of Cambridge and coauthor of Indigenous Development in the Andes: Culture, Power, and Transnationalism, also published by Duke University Press.
Women, Biopolitics, and Interculturalism: Ethnic Politics and Gendered Contradictions
2015. "Women, Biopolitics, and Interculturalism: Ethnic Politics and Gendered Contradictions", Dilemmas of Difference: Indigenous Women and the Limits of Postcolonial Development Policy, Sarah A. Radcliffe
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Building on representations of indigenous women as vulnerable, a development category of “indigenous women” from the 1990s sought to make them political leaders, make them statistically knowable, and equip them with self-esteem. The chapter examines this policy in light of critical accounts of neoliberal active citizenship, (post)colonial knowledge production about social difference, and (post)colonial expectations of acceptable modern behavior in the public sphere. Close analysis of the implementation of this policy approach reveals how indigenous women are exhorted to change their social relations, forms of knowledge, and embodied dispositions in line with postcolonial hierarchies. Referring to a leadership project for...