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By Sarah A. Radcliffe

In Dilemmas of Difference Sarah A. Radcliffe explores the connection of rural indigenous girls in Ecuador to the improvement rules and actors which are ostensibly there to assist ameliorate social and monetary inequality. Radcliffe unearths that improvement policies’s lack of ability to acknowledge and reckon with the legacies of colonialism reinforces long-standing social hierarchies, thereby reproducing the very poverty and disempowerment they're there to resolve. This ineffectiveness effects from mess ups to recognize the neighborhood population's variety and a scarcity of accounting for the advanced intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, category, and geography. therefore, tasks frequently fail to compare beneficiaries' wishes, convinced teams are made invisible, and indigenous ladies develop into excluded from positions of authority. Drawing from a mixture of ethnographic fieldwork and postcolonial and social thought, Radcliffe facilities the views of indigenous girls to teach how they craft practices and epistemologies that critique useless improvement tools, tell their political agendas, and form their strategic interventions in public coverage debates.

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Racialized female beneficiaries’ words about postcolonial development reveal how they learn from bitter experience how interventions consolidate inequalities rather than tackle them, and hence provide key insights into the underbelly of development’s selective and Â�colonial engagement with social heterogeneity. 27 The critical institutional and community ethnographic focus on low-Â�income indigenous women demonstrates how the nonrecognition of diversity within Development and Social Heterogeneityâ•…â•…19 diversity results in indigenous women’s limited gains, and their dissatisfaction with development’s reading of social heterogeneity.

As later chapters document, �Ec�ua�dor�ian indigenous women respond to their positionality in coloniality-� modernity by critically reworking the colonial framework and presumptions about difference and subjectivity in ways that contribute to alternative modernities. 26 Rather than listen to policy-�makers and development professionals talk about intersectional goals, the book centers the perspectives of indigenous women talking about connections between existing policy, entrenched inequalities, and the costs of postcolonial intersectionality (see Hodgson 2001; Escobar 2008; Asher 2009).

Existing accounts of indigenous women’s development experiences are framed through colonially inflected forms of knowledge, statistically shown to be disadvantaged in education, income, landholdings, credit, poÂ�litiÂ�cal office, and health, in comparison with women in dominant racial-Â�ethnic categories, and indigenous men (Vinding 1998; Cardenas et al. 2011; cepal 2013). 37 Analyzing the operations of postcolonial intersectional development hence requires discussion of knowledge production, methods, and positionality in institutional and community contexts.

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