Our Book of the Month choice for March

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


Feminisms, empowerment and development: changing women’s lives

edited by Andrea Cornwall and Jenny Edwards

Zed Books, 2014

Shelfmark: HQ1240.FEM 2014





Our Book of the Month choice for March has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, African and Commonwealth Studies.

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to tie in with International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019.

Book Overview

The economic and political empowerment of women continues to be a central focus for development agencies worldwide; access to medical care, education and employment, as well as women’s reproductive rights remain key factors effecting women’s autonomy. This book explores what women are doing to change their own circumstances, and provides in-depth analysis of collective action and institutionalized mechanisms aimed at changing structural relations.

Drawing on unique, original research and approaching empowerment as a complex process of negotiation, rather than a linear sequence of inputs and outcomes, this crucial collection highlights the difficulty of creating common agendas for the advancement of women’s power and rights, and argues for a more nuanced, context based approach to development theory and practice.  It is an indispensable text for anyone interested in gender and development


‘With rich, empirically grounded chapters from around the world, this is a truly feminist multidisciplinary collection that brings together the discourse on women’s empowerment to a new level.’

Radhika Balakrishnan, executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership

Where can I find it?

We have one Normal Loan copy on our open shelves, which can be borrowed and an additional copy that is for Library Use Only. The Library Use Only copy is currently displayed on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display to have a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is HQ1240.FEM 2014

We have two eBooks of the title. Both can be accessed via SOLO. One is an electronic legal deposit copy. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO. The other can also be accessed remotely by University Card holders by signing in with your SSO.  A link to it can be found on SOLO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

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