Can the underlying structures between the Global North and Global South be eliminated?

Zofia Sjeerm, Alessandra Xiluwa Nyeleti Amadeu Bæhr & Maria Leth Christiansen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt

Abstrakt

Mozambique is set to be a logical aim for foreign intervention, due to the country’s history of colonialism followed by a civil war, leaving the country in destructing, hence in need of development, which is why this project has thus analysed Oxfam IBIS’ project of ‘Happy School’ in Matola. Being a Western organisation fighting for gender equality and women’s rights, Oxfam IBIS is working to change issues in regard to the norms and values that are undermining such rights, in Mozambicans through education. This project’s analysis has been based on examining which power structures there exist between the Global North and the Global South and how these prevail. Furthermore, the project utilizes Edward Said’s notion of Orientalism to comprehend these underlying structures, while including Judith Butler’s theory on feminism to reveal the relations between gender and how these are constituted and developing in Mozambique. This project has highlighted how gender inequality on lower levels in society is contributing to a more patriarchal system, concluding that Feminist Theory was not sufficient in answering how the relation between the Western organisation and the involved in the ‘Happy School’ project is either based on equal or unequal terms. Thus, with the utilization of Orientalism, this project is concluding that even though the organisation is trying to abolish the power structures maintaining it superior to its partners, certain power relations will prevail between the Global South and the Global North

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2017
Antal sider54
VejledereHelle Stenum