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Gender, Power, and Non-Governance

Is Female to Male as NGO Is to State?

Edited by Andria D. Timmer and Elizabeth Wirtz

298 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-460-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (May 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-461-6 eBook

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“Overall, in my view this is an original and thoughtful contribution to the growing literature on the anthropology of NGOs, containing lots of new and original work - much of it by young scholars in the field.” • David Lewis, London School of Economics

“Focusing on the gendered nature of NGO-state relationships it offers a wide spectrum of case studies covering all regions of the world. Diversity is an important asset of the volume: diversity of countries-from different regions, of different sizes, from different type of states (weak or strong), but also diversity of types of NGOs analyzed, diversity of topics proposed.” • Laura Grünberg, University of Bucharest


Using Sherry Ortner’s analogy of Female/Nature, Male/Culture, this volume interrogates the gendered aspects of governance by exploring the NGO/State relationship. By examining how NGOs/States perform gendered roles and actions and the gendered divisions of labor involved in different types of institutional engagement, this volume attends to the ways in which gender and governance constitute flexible, relational, and contingent systems of power. The chapters in this volume present diverse analyses of the ways in which projects of governance both reproduce and challenge binaries.

Andria D. Timmer is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Christopher Newport University. Her book Educating the Hungarian Roma: Nongovernmental Organization and Minority Rights (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), explores NGO work to desegregate the Hungarian education system for the Hungarian Roma.

Elizabeth Wirtz is a Qualitative Analyst in the Center for Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Iowa City, IA. She serves as Senior Co-Chair of the Gender Based Violence Topical Interest Group of the Society for Applied Anthropology and as the Special Interest Group Membership Coordinator for the Society for Medical Anthropology.

Subject: Gender Studies and SexualityAnthropology (General)Development Studies


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