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Volume 6

Transnational Girlhoods

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Girls in Global Development

Figurations of Gendered Power

Edited by Heather Switzer, Karishma Desai, and Emily Bent

186 pages, 3 figs., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-177-7 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Published (December 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-412-9 eBook

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“This collection is a well-imagined, important, incisive contribution to the fields of girlhood studies, development studies, and gender studies that deftly exposes the contradictions, complications, and limits of the “Girls in Development” paradigm and the ways it shapes the current landscape of development and thus the lives of girls around the world.” • Jessica Taft, University of California Santa Cruz


Many scholars have critiqued the neocolonial assumptions embedded in global development agendas. These often focus on the bodies and lives of poor, racialized adolescent girls in the global south as ideal sites for intervention based on these girls’ potential to multiply investment, interrupt intergenerational poverty, and predict economic growth. Girls in Global Development presents case studies from established and emerging scholars to collectively theorize and examine the concept of “Girls in Development” (GID), a distinctive way of approaching notions of girls and girlhoods in locations around the globe, at various points in history, through a critical feminist lens.

Heather Switzer is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Her work has been published in Girlhood Studies, Feminist Theory, Feminist Formations, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, and Gender Issues. She is co-editor of the Transnational Girlhoods book series published by Berghahn Books.

Karishma Desai is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her work has been published in journals such as Gender and Education, Comparative Education Review and Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

Emily Bent is Associate Professor in Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University. She has worked with feminist nonprofit organizations for over a decade, including as Co-Chair of the Working Group on Girls (WGG) at the United Nations from 2013 until 2016. Most recently, she was a member of the WGG’s Board of Trustees.

Subject: Gender Studies and SexualityDevelopment StudiesSociology


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