Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World

Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World

by Hester Eisenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594516596

ISBN-13: 9781594516597

Pub. Date: 05/28/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In a pioneering reinterpretation of the role of mainstream feminism, Eisenstein shows how the ruling elites of developed countries utilize women's labor and the ideas of women's liberation and empowerment to maintain their economic and political power, both at home and abroad. Her explorations range from the abolition of "welfare as we know it" and the ending of

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In a pioneering reinterpretation of the role of mainstream feminism, Eisenstein shows how the ruling elites of developed countries utilize women's labor and the ideas of women's liberation and empowerment to maintain their economic and political power, both at home and abroad. Her explorations range from the abolition of "welfare as we know it" and the ending of the family wage in the United States to the creation of export-processing zones in the global South that depend on women's "nimble fingers"; and from the championing of microcredit as a path to women's empowerment in the global South to the claim of women's presumed liberation in the West as an ideological weapon in the war on terrorism. Eisenstein challenges activists and intellectuals to recognize that international feminism is at a fateful crossroads, and argues that it is crucial for feminists to throw in their lot with the progressive forces that are seeking alternatives to globalized corporate capitalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594516597
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2009
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: How I Came to Write This Book

Chapter 1 Globalization and Women's Labor

Chapter 2 Women, Work, and the Mainstreaming of Feminism

Chapter 3 Fault Lines of Race and Class

Chapter 4 In the United States: A Political and Economic Sea-Change

Chapter 5 In the Global South: "Women" Replace Development

Chapter 6 Islamophobia and the Global War on Terror

Conclusion

References About the Author

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