The Economic Woman: A Critical Reflection on the New Dutch Agenda for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
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This thesis analyses and deconstructs the underlying logic and consequences of the new policy agenda of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. By making use of a discursive approach, thereby drawing on scholars like Wendy Brown (2013) and Nikolas Rose (2000), the author carefully builds a critique on the reorientation of the female Southern subject in the respective policies to that of an ‘Economic Woman’, whose moral orientation is welded to a set of macro-economic ends. She argues that contemporary strategies to empower women, often influenced by ‘win-win’ rhetoric and imbued with neo-liberal market rationality, do not empower women or make them free; on the contrary, the reconfiguration of the Dutch state in entrepreneurial terms means that the female subject undergoes a form of political subjectivization whereby she loses not only her political status but even her guarantee of survival. The author is currently in the process of anonymizing her thesis; the full-text will soon be available through Igitur.