Questioning development from Black feminisms in Ecuador and moving towards a Black feminist political ecology in the Americas

Sofia Zaragocin*, Juanita Francis Bone, Inge Boudewijn, Katy Jenkins

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This article critically explores tensions concerning development from contemporary feminist thought and praxis in Latin America. In Ecuador, development is seen as an outdated and irrelevant theoretical framework from a variety of feminist perspectives, including feminist political ecology and decolonial feminisms. Nevertheless, development discourse and practices persist and are central to public policy with a gender focus throughout the country. This results in tensions between governmental and autonomous feminist perspectives that are present in local spaces, such as the province of Esmeraldas in Northern Ecuador. Drawing on research conducted with Afro-Ecuadorian peer researchers, including interviews, oral histories and social-cartography methods, this article will demonstrate how Afro-Ecuadorian women are challenging dominant ideas and practices of development from the emerging ideas of Black feminism in Ecuador and moving towards a Black feminist political ecology in the Americas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-248
Number of pages20
JournalGlobal Discourse: An interdisciplinary journal of current affairs
Issue number2-3
Early online date18 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2024

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