Global Feminist Ethics

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This volume is fourth in the series of annuals created under the auspices of the Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) organization. It includes papers by philosophers offering cutting-edge feminist perspectives on ethical issues of global and transnational significance. These approaches address a great many questions that grip people who are not philosophers, nor even necessarily feminists, such as:

What are the obligations of global citizenship?

How must our concepts of caring, and of human rights, be modified or expanded when applied in a global context?

What approach to peacekeeping, if any, underwrites effective peacekeeping missions?

Who counts as poor, and who does not?

What emotions can motivate sustained, ethical, and effective political action?

The topics covered herein-from peacekeeping and terrorism, to sex trafficking and women's paid labor, to poverty and religious fundamentalism-are vital to women and to feminist movements throughout the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559110
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Series: Feminist Constructions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy DesAutels is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton. She is coeditor of three other books, including Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory. Rebecca Whisnant is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton. She is coeditor of Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography, as well as several articles and chapters in edited collections.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Peggy DesAutels 9

Part 1 Women's Activities, Responsibilities, and Identities

1 Exporting Childbirth James L. Nelson 3

2 Housekeepers and Nannies in the Homework Economy: On the Morality and Politics of Paid Housework Sabrina Hom 23

3 Gender Identity and the Ethics of Care in Globalized Society Virginia Held 43

Part 2 Addressing Hunger and Poverty

4 Caring Globally: Jane Addams, World War One, and International Hunger Marilyn Fischer 61

5 Food Fights: A Feminist Perspective Victoria Davion 81

6 What Is Poverty? Peter Higgins Audra King April Shaw 95

Part 3 Persons and States

7 Nussbaum versus Rawls: Should Feminist Human Rights Advocates Reject the Law of Peoples and Endorse the Capabilities Approach? Alyssa R. Bernstein 117

8 When Being Human Isn't Enough: Reflections on Women's Human Rights Serena Parekh 139

9 "A Woman's Body Is Like a Foreign Country": Thinking about National and Bodily Sovereignty Rebecca Whisnant 155

Part 4 Political and Religious Conflict

10 Is Peacekeeping Care Work? A Feminist Reflection on "The Responsibility to Protect" Joan Tronto 179

11 From Hegelian Terror to Everyday Courage Bat-Ami Bar On 201

12 Praying for a Godly Fumigation: Disgust and the New Christian Right Lynne S. Arnault 217

Bibliography 243

Index 265

About the Editors and Contributors 283

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