White Demon Sophistry: the Gates Foundation's Control over the Production of Knowledge of Women of the Global South

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White Demon Sophistry: the Gates Foundation's Control over the Production of Knowledge of Women of the Global South

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Title: White Demon Sophistry: the Gates Foundation's Control over the Production of Knowledge of Women of the Global South
Author: Ferguson, Alexandria
Abstract: In this paper I conduct a discourse analysis of the Development paradigm to understand how aid workers control the production of knowledge around women of the Global South. In exploring how the development apparatus depicts women, I analyze the representations of women in real marketing materials from the Seattle-based NGO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This paper draws on critical development theory and post-colonial feminism to deconstruct how the discourse of the Gates Foundation functions as an important factor defining the relationship between the Global South and the Global North. I argue that the Gates Foundation constructs reductive images of women through their roles as mother and farmers, without specificity, credible evidence or historical context, thereby reducing the agency and the complexity of the everyday lives of women from the Global South. These simplistic interpretations have real effects by informing the policy of development workers on the ground
Description: Winner, 2012 Library Research Award for Undergraduates, Non-Senior Division
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/24753

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