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Gender in Third World Politics

Georgina Waylen
ISBN: 978-1-55587-633-3
1996/163 pages/LC: 95-48802
Issues in Third World Politics

"...a wide-ranging yet remarkably coherent and concise book...Waylen has produced a useful introductory work..."—Susan Blackburn, Australian Journal of International Affairs

" excellent introduction to the fact that there are gender issues in Third World (and Western) politics, for undergraduates of both genders."—Lynne Bydon, The Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics

"...this book’s appeal and relevence extend well beyond its target audience of undergraduate students in courses on politics and development, international development, women’s studies and gender and development—for whom it is veritably ideal—to general readers with interests in women and development as well as, one hopes, the practitioners of development aid policies."—William D. Graph, Canadian Journal of Development Studies

"Waylen successfully combines gender and political issues to present a unique study of gendered politics. She not only connects the two disciplines but succeeds in rendering useful insights into many ongoing issues in individual disciplines."—Choice


This gendered analysis of Third World politics examines both "high politics" and political activity at the grassroots level, as well as the impact of state policy on differing groups of women.

Waylen first discusses the major theoretical questions involved in the study of gender in Third World politics. She then discusses the topic in the context of colonialism, revolution, authoritarianism, and democratization, richly illustrating her discussion with a broad range of examples.

Engaging and original, the book is ideal for use in Third World politics, women and politics, and gender and development courses.


Georgina Waylen is professor of politics at the University of Manchester.


  • Analysing Gender in the Politics of the Third World.
  • The Third World and Development.
  • Colonialism.
  • Revolution and National Liberation Struggles.
  • Authoritarianism.
  • Democratization.
  • Conclusion.
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