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Complicit SistersGender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides$
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Sara de Jong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190626563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626563.001.0001

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Complicit Sisters

(p.191) Chapter 7 Conclusion
Complicit Sisters

Sara de Jong

Oxford University Press

The book’s conclusion synthesizes the research findings concerning the positionality of “complicit sisters” by connecting the self-understandings of women in the global North who try to “do good,” with their conceptions of their relations with women from the global South. It discusses the implications of the research with its specific focus on women’s and gender issues and the book’s contribution to mapping the continuities between migration and development. It highlights the productive synergies between the critiques that inform this book: feminist and postcolonial perspectives and global citizenship / civil society and development theory. Finally, it offers suggestions for future research. The conclusion underlines that the “problem” cannot be situated at the level of the individual wanting to “do good” and keen to “do it right,” or in organizational structures and development discourses, but is instead rooted in the structures of global inequality that the interviewed women’s reflections have shed light on.

Keywords:   migration-development nexus, postcolonialism, feminism, intersectionality, positionality, global North, women, doing good, helping, organization

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