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This paper explores the evolution of theorizing on gender and development. It introduces a number of feminist theoretical frameworks and development frameworks and explains how these perspectives intersected to become two main competing feminist development frameworks: women in development; and gender and development. It also examines how new and exciting debates and critiques of globalization, development, and feminist theorizing are changing the existing frameworks and creating new ones. These discussions highlight the importance of theory in how we understand and act within our social world. They explain how these theoretical perspectives define problems differently and how they suggest different solutions. In this paper narrative discussion of the historical context of theorizing about women or gender and development is discussed and outlines of the development of various theoretical frameworks is elucidated with some examples.

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