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Development a planned process of change brought to the third world by an outside source is mainly focused on industrialization and the implantation of new technology Development practices that are used are now seemingly becoming the instrument to organize the underdeveloped post-colonial societies Essentially we are devaluing all non-western cultures and trying to insert them into our own culture We criticize these governmental programs for disregarding pre-existing communities and hierarchies as well as destroying the environment The developing agencies are typically irrelevant to the need of the existing communities and are only detrimental to them Throughout this paper I will analyze some reasons that developing agencies are essentially a problem in accord with some of the cases that Gardner brings up in her book and talk about the Guarani in Brazil Women play a vital role in their societies in the Third World however due to some of the many projects by developers these roles are greatly lessened and misunderstood This is usually due to the pre-existing gender relations and the assumptions of the planners Gardner 64 These assumptions lead the planners to believe that women are merely domestic and not agriculturally inherent in the plans During the development processes there is a possibility of environmental degradation-which affects women as well Developers assume that other cultures include patrilineal families and domesticated wives when that is not really true By taking this an as assumption men are given jobs that were womens before the development processes began When devising a development project each specific groups needs religion culture and traditions must be taken into consideration One such case that Gardner speaks of is in Bangladesh where women would get credits for joining cooperatives Although the case she speaks about refers to loans and not to development degradation there are some similarities In this case the women were given a certain amount of credit Most of the women would probably want to invest them into the
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