The idea that international development is ideologically innocent and essentially a matter of overcoming technical or cultural deficits persists in popular imagination as well as development thought and policy, despite trenchant critiques over the years (A. Escobar 1995; J. Ferguson 1990; Gupta 1998; Rodney 1972). Especially in relation to gender and sexuality, development thought tends to be premised on colonial logics of cultural and economic backwardness (Mohanty 1988; Wynter 1996). In this short entry, I trace the making of hegemonic development narratives and examine the ideological labor performed by specific figurations of “Third World Women and Girls” in a transnational context. Such figurations are central to securing the story of capitalist progress development institutions and national governments like to tell.

This essay may be found on page 63 of the printed volume.

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