Convergence between theoretical perspectives in women-gender and development literature regarding women’s economic status in the Middle East

Ayşe Gündüz-Hoşgör


In this article, the women-gender and development literature is examined focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches in explaining the impact of development on women’s economic status. My intention is to review the major theoretical orientations in order to compare their understanding of how development affects women's employment. The article starts with issues of development per se, then considers the specific questions related to women’s status. The purpose is to identify convergence between the theories and to distinguish alternative interpretations incorporating the concepts of the major theories in the development literature, which could help to understand the evolving economic status of Middle Eastern women.

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