Unjust Conditions: Women's Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs


Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
May 10, 2018
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.45 inches | 0.64 pounds

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About the Author

Tara Patricia Cookson is a SSHRC Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia and the founder of Ladysmith, a women's equality venture. Her research on gender, international development, and social justice has been published in a variety of public and policy outlets as well as in academic journals such as Antipode.


"A nuanced analysis of a widely implemented and evaluated approach to poverty reduction . . . Unjust Conditions is a must-read for those interested in the political-economic drivers of poverty, as well as researchers, students and practitioners of development, gender and labour, and governance and social policy who wish to understand CCT from a critical perspective."--Anthropologica
"Anyone interested in women's care work, critical development studies, institutional ethnography, and/or the rural Peruvian Andes will want to read this text. Cookson's ethnography is extensive, historical, and dynamic. She has rendered her time spent in Peru in vivid geographic detail."--Gender, Place & Culture
"[Cookson] is able to present her informants in a perceptive and nuanced way which shows careful reflection of wider debates around 'development' and representation . . . this is a 'must read' for all those with an interest in the gendered and racialised nature of poverty."--Gender & Development
"Cookson poignantly unpacks the underpinnings of [conditional cash transfer programs] within mainstream economic theory in terms of rational decision making and cost -benefit analysis."--Politics & Gender