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by Zillah Eisenstein

  • Author: Zillah Eisenstein
  • ISBN: 1842773941
  • ISBN13: 978-1842773949
  • ePub: 1661 kb | FB2: 1779 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Humanities
  • Publisher: Zed Books (November 13, 2004)
  • Pages: 256
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 630
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Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and 'the' West ePub download

In Against Empire, Zillah Eisenstein extends her critique of neoliberal globalization and its capture of democratic possibilities. The' West and western feminisms do not monopolize authorship; there is a need for plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western.

In Against Empire, Zillah Eisenstein extends her critique of neoliberal globalization and its capture of democratic possibilities. Faced with an aggressive American empire hostage to ideological extremism and violently promoting the narrowest of its interests around the globe, Eisenstein urgently looks to a global anti-war movement to counter . Black America, India, the Islamic world and Africa envision unique conceptions of what it is to be fully, 'polyversally', human.

About the Book Zillah Eisenstein urges a relook at the fundamental categories through which we perceive our . I also offer the idea that the West and Western feminisms have no monopoly of authorship and that alternative feminisms have long thrived 'elsewhere' in multiple fashion.

About the Book Zillah Eisenstein urges a relook at the fundamental categories through which we perceive our world-historical, political, epistemological, even moral. The sweep of her concerns ranges across the world, challenging the Bush administration's headlong recourse to war that is justified in the name of liberty and democracy. As well, I sometimes see the misuse of women's rights discourse in imperial form as extraordinarily problematic for women living outside the West.

Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and the West. by Zillah Eisenstein. Looking beyond the distortions of mainstream history, Eisenstein detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed ways of seeing

Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and the West. Looking beyond the distortions of mainstream history, Eisenstein detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed ways of seeing. Against Empire insists that 'the' so-called West is as much fiction as reality, while the sexualized black slave trade emerges as an early form of globalization.

Zillah Eisenstein's Against Empire is a sincere attempt from the West to think and see humanity beyond the boundaries . Feminisms in the third world have struggled for decades to look beyond the dichotomies constructed by Western epistemologies, although not always successfully.

Eisenstein tries to see ‘e’ through the politics of humanity by thinking subversively and seeing comparatively in this l journey. Feminists from the third world have always wanted the privileged colonizer to know and see themselves more deeply and Others more humanly so that the universal could become more ‘polyversal’. Faced with an aggressive American empire hostage to ideological extremism and violently promoting the narrowest of its interests around the globe.

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In Against Empire, Zillah Eisenstein extends her critique of neoliberal globalization. Faced with an aggressive American empire hostage to ideological extremism and violently promoting the narrowest of interests, she looks to a global anti-war movement to counter US power. Moving beyond the distortions of mainstream history, she detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed ways of seeing. Eisenstein insists that the so-called West is as much fiction as reality, while the sexualized black slave trade emerges as an early form of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms.

Against Empire moves between the local and the international, "the West .

Against Empire moves between the local and the international, "the West and the rest. Eisenstein examines the gender relations of slavery through the historical work of Hortense Spillers, Adrienne Davis, . DuBois, Mary Prince, Eugenia Jones Bacon, Nell Painter, and others to try to dispel "the silences of slavery. Slavery is an overarching theme of the book, and Eisenstein uses the concept of "an encompassing unity in humanity" to argue for "viewing and understanding the slave-trade as part of the before that defines the present" (115).

Zillah Eisenstein is one of the foremost political theorists and activists of. .

Zillah Eisenstein is one of the foremost political theorists and activists of our time. She has written feminist theory in North America for the past thirty-five years. Zillah Eisenstein has been Professor of Politics at Ithaca College in New York for the las 35 years and is presently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. She at present writes regularly for Al Jazeera. com and FeministWire. Throughout her career her books have tracked the rise of neoliberalism both within the . and across the globe. She has documented the demise of liberal democracy and scrutinized the growth of imperial and militarist globalization.

In Against Empire, Zillah Eisenstein extends her critique of neoliberal globalization. Faced with an aggressive American empire hostage to ideological extremism and violently promoting the narrowest of interests, she looks to a global anti-war movement to counter US power. Moving beyond the distortions of mainstream history, she detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed ways of seeing. Eisenstein insists that the so-called West is as much fiction as reality, while the sexualized black slave trade emerges as an early form of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are needed. Black America, India, the Islamic world and Africa envision unique conceptions of what it is to be fully, polyversally, human. Hope for a more peaceful, just and happier world lies, she believes, in the understandings and activism of women today.
Helo
This book was phenomenal. I suggest anyone that want to learn more information about the treatment of women worldwide.
Shalinrad
I am very satisfied with my purchase! I received the book quickly and it was in great condition. Thanks!
Agagamand
These days: where one third of the world is being pulled in one direction by Judeo-Christian Fascism; and in another direction by Islamo-Fascism, and the rest in still another direction by a maximally disingenuous coalition of the Third world run out of the UN, one would be remiss not to look under every rock for a productive progressive idea. In search of one is why I bought this book.

In the introduction, the author describes this (her own) work as "messy," and after reading it, who am I to disagree with her? But "messy" is just the beginning. More importantly, it is also an unsophisticated analysis that rests on a foundation of "cute" and even at times "artful sloganeering:" the kind that "we lefties" used a lot as substitute for serious analysis throughout the 60s and 70s. [No wonder we are still in the same spot we were 50 years ago?] And while all of this flailing at windmills leaves those who are sympathetic to progressive causes (as I am) with a warm fuzzy feeling, it is not serious analysis: far from it in fact.

If we are to view Ms. Eisenstein's feminist approach as serious analysis, then the only safe handle we have is "results." What has the "white women's movement in America since 1971 wrought? Any objective observer reviewing the evidence as I have has no choice but to come away with the same answer: "more of the same." There is no magic bullet under the current white run male paradigm, with or without white women's feminism. Hand wringing and artful sloganeering does not get us even to first base.

Let us be honest here, "white women's liberation La Americaine," (as say opposed to the European version of Simone de Beauvoir) has been little more than a Trojan Horse for the racist white male hero system. Armed with its refashioned (but still meaningless) slogans of democracy, equality, and (everyone's favorite) diversity, it takes center stage as if it is a full-fledged "counter movement." Yet, results show, even in the subtext of this book, that it is little more than a proxy for more of the same. It is more "Racist Texas swagger in drag." Poor and colored women are used blatantly as pawns to advance a non-existent cause, as was done repeatedly in this book. [How disingenuous. bell hooks must be tired of being used in this way. If she is not, I am tired "for her."]

Yes, yes, I get it that one can cover everything over with the sloganeering of capitalist warmongering and think that something new comes out at the other end. You can also shuffle the deck chairs on the Titanic? But that too is an illusion. The best way to understand why nothing comes out at the other end is to rephrase Sir Winston Churchill's comment about democracy: The U.S. is perhaps the worse capitalist nation in the world, that is, except for (nearly) all the rest.

While Ms. Eisenstein makes a tasty homogenized hors de oeuvre out of all of the women of the world (the same as Hillary Clinton did in her China speech), both know that this is the height of being disingenuous: Most of the rest of the world's feminists are exact carbon copies of those in the U.S.: A small group of elitist women, carrying, just beneath their breaths and their consciousnesses, the banner of the local elite male paradigms.

One cannot get to where Ms. Eisenstein wants to go from here. Call the U.S. what you wish, and at times I have called it many things: It is racism, not sexism that is the Rosetta Stone (or better yet, the Mother lode) of American culture. If one is going to use a trump card with which to beat the U.S. over the head, race is the more honest stick to use, not sexism. Feminism is just another silent ally of the "Cowboys and Cowgirls of the World Unite," faction, and I defy anyone using the present evidence to prove otherwise.

Three Stars.
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