Theories of gender justice in the twenty-first century must engage with global economic and social processes. Using concepts from economic analysis associated with global commodity chains and feminist ethics of care, Ann Stewart considers the way in which 'gender contracts' relating to work and care contribute to gender inequalities worldwide. She explores how economies in the global north stimulate desires and create deficits in care and belonging which are met through transnational movements and traces the way in which transnational economic processes, discourses of rights and care create relationships between global south and north. African women produce fruit and flowers for European consumption; body workers migrate to meet deficits in 'affect' through provision of care and sex; British-Asian families seek belonging through transnational marriages.
Ann Stewart is a Reader in Law and Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Warwick, where she specialises in the area of gender and the law, particularly in the context of international development.
Introduction: living in a global north consumer society: a contextual vignette; 1. Constructing relationships in a global economy; 2. Globalising feminist legal theory; 3. State, market and family in a global north consumer society; 4. Gender justice in Africa: politics of culture or culture of economics?; 5. From anonymity to attribution: producing food in a global value chain; 6. Constructing body work; 7. Global body markets; 8. Constructing south Asian womanhood through law; 9. Trading and contesting belonging in multicultural Britain; Conclusion.