‘Connecting the Personal and the Political: Feminist Perspectives on Development Education’

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 15:30

This article explores feminist perspectives on development education (DE). It situates feminism and DE within the context of debates on feminist epistemologies, critical pedagogy and the politics of DE, and it argues that ‘feminism is for everybody’ (hooks, 2000). Drawing on the experiences of development educators, in particular some who identify as feminist, it focuses on DE from different radical and poststructuralist feminist perspectives. In short, it argues that feminism adds to critical understandings of the political in DE primarily through its focus on the links between the personal and the political. When applied to DE learning processes, feminism highlights exclusion on the one hand and agency on the other. In doing so, feminism supports other approaches to DE which emphasise a focus on the politics of DE and learning processes founded on interrogating and challenging power relations - critically, radically, sensitively and reflexively. 
  ‘Connecting the Personal and the Political: Feminist Perspectives on Development Education’