Women, Recession and Adjustment in the Third World: Some Introductory Remarks

  • Haleh Afshar
  • Carolyne Dennis
Part of the Women’s Studies at York/Macmillan Series book series (WSYS)


The changing political and economic circumstances of the 1980s have resulted in a radical change of policy in many Third World countries. Although the OECD countries and the newly industrialised ones, NICs, have made a recovery from the recession of the early 1980s, the Third World has not. This is in part the result of the debt crisis and deteriorating terms of trade as well as the weakness of state policy and the profligate use of international borrowing in the earlier decade. As a result, many Third World countries have had to move towards a contraction of public sector expenditure and a series of market-orientated development policies. Women in general and the poorest among them in particular have borne to a disproportionate extent, the brunt of the ensuing hardships. This volume will address the general shortcomings of the current gender-blind analytical frameworks of government and international financial organisations. The authors will delineate the specific implications that this has on women’s lives and will offer alternative strategies for combating recession and poverty.


International Monetary Fund Gender Bias Poor Woman Introductory Remark Adjustment Policy 
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© Haleh Afshar and Carolyne Dennis 1992

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  • Haleh Afshar
  • Carolyne Dennis

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