Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and the West

Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and the West

By: Zillah R. Eisenstein (author)Hardback

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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. Looking beyond the distortions of mainstream history, she detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed ways of seeing. She 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.

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Zillah Eisenstein is one of North America's most prolific anti-racist feminist writers and activists of her time. She is well recognized for her earlier activism and writing about the rape camps in Bosnia, breast cancer activism in Cuba, the impact of globalization on women workers across the globe, the racialized gender politics of affirmative action in the US, neo-liberal assaults against feminisms of all sorts and feminist struggles in the former Soviet Union, India, Turkey and Iran. Her books include Against Empire (2004), Sexual Decoys (2007), Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism, ed. (1978), The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism (1981), The Color of Gender (1994) and Hatreds, Racialized and Sexualized Conflicts in the 21st Century,(1996). Zillah Eisenstein teaches political theory and anti-racist feminisms in the Politics Department of Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.


Acknowledgments; Preface; 1. Unilateral Empire; The United Nations of America; Global Capital and Empire; The Wars of/on 'Terror'; The Gulf Wars, '91, '98, 03; Humanizing Militarism; Bush's Crusades; 2. Thinking to See; Secrets, Silences and Befores; My Local Beginnings; Colonized Bodies and Seeing; On Western Universalism; About Thinking; Creating Comas and Sameness; Deterritorializing the View; Cannibalizing the 'Other'; Discovering Difference in the Imperial Gaze; AIDS and People's Humanity; 3. Humanizing Humanity; Secrets of the Universal; Abstract Universals and their Exclusions; Truths and Reconciliation; The Silences of Whiteness; Specifying Abstracted Gender; Polyversal Humanity; Starting Again, Now; Remixing, Again, Now; 4. Fictions of and by 'the' West; their De-Racing and De-Sexing; Fictionalizing Civilization and Modernity; Patriarchal Colonialism and its 'Others'; North America and Slavery; Science Fictions and Racialized Slavery; Imperial Democracy and the Slave Trade; The Sexualizing of Enslaved Women; 5. Colonialism and Difference; The "Othering" of Alternative Democraices; Polyversal Universals; Gandhi's Democratic Visionings; Totality and Alternative Universalisms; Diversity in Democratic Unity; Complex Oneness and One More Bengali; 6. Non-western Westerners; The Difference Color Makes; Slavery, Racism and Globalism; Dubois and the Color-Line from Africa; Sexual Silences and Black Lynching; African Polyversalism; War, Globalization and Humanity; Revisioning Separatism and Enlarging Humanity; The Silencing of Racialized Gender; The World Conference Against Racism; Building Resistance and Hope; 7. Feminisms and Afghan Women; Before and After Sept.11; On Global Misogyny; Whose Rights? And for which Women?; Afghan Women and Their Feminism; Feminisms' Dialogues; On Anti-Racist Feminism; 8. Feminisms from Elsewheres; Seeing Polyversal Humanity; What is in a Name?; Modernity and Feminisms; Universalizing Polyversalism; Africana Womanisms and their Black Feminist Meanings; Feminisms in Islam(s); Ms. World and 'the' West in Nigeria; Relocating Polyversal Feminisms

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  • publication date: 01/08/2004
  • ISBN13: 9781842773949
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781842773949
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 1842773941

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