Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides
Sara de Jong
Reviews and Awards
"Complicit Sisters is an exciting contribution to critical literatures on gender, development and humanitarianism. It offers a fascinating exploration of the ways in which northern development workers understand themselves in relation to their work and the women they seek to help. In doing so it reveals how, even as they are challenged, the complex legacies of colonialism continue to shape understandings of self and other. This will be essential reading for all those interested in postcolonial and feminist critiques of development theory and practice." -Kimberly Hutchings, Queen Mary University of London"
"This highly original and exciting book breaks new ground, both analytically and empirically, on the everyday lives of women working in NGOs across the globe. de Jong skillfully uses feminist, post-colonial and global civil society theory, as she moves seamlessly between theory and data, observation and analysis. Through her interviews and telling insights into these 'sisterly' networks of solidarity, she helps us to unpack global hegemonic discourses and power structures." -Wendy Harcourt, Erasmus University Rotterdam"
"This courageously honest book exposes the tension between surfing the waves of whiteness, while presenting the self as 'doing good' for women of the South. de Jong's relational approach is an invaluable contribution to improving the quality and sustainability of women's engagement in international development and migration." -Philomena Essed, Antioch University"
"A wonderful book on do-gooder women in the global North and a must-read for those interested in postcolonial feminist questions of complicity, positionality, solidarity and difference." -Ilan Kapoor, York University, Toronto"
"The voices of the 21 women from the global North de Jong interviews- who work with female migrants or on the ground in the global South are vividly rendered. Even if we are complicit sisters, the book's dominant message is one of hope. De Jong's own faith in the notion of sisterhood, and that of her participants, is powerful enough to offset albeit only temporarily the ugly, crushing actuality of global geopolitics today. It's no longer enough simply to do good if one is not doing it right. With books such as this, there's no excuse not to." " - Times Higher Education
"De Jong skillfully integrates feminist, postcolonial and development critiques and employs an intersectional perspective on activism and altruism. ... Her combined interest in development and migration is highly original, much needed and relevant for a wide range of disciplines including gender, postcolonial, development and migration studies." - Silke Roth, Sociology "
"The unique insight into the reflections of women who support women across the North-South axis make Complicit Sisters a valuable resource for researchers and experts working at the intersection of gender, development and migration." - Women's Studies International Forum "
"With this book, Sara de Jong makes an elegant, theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich contribution to the critical, feminist and post-colonial literature on humanitarian and development aid." - International Affairs"