Gender and Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites, and by M. Marchand

By M. Marchand

This and lots of different provocative questions are addressed during this flooring breaking publication. Filling an important hole Gender and worldwide Restructuring presents the 1st complete research of globalization and its dating to gender. Feminist specialists from quite a number disciplines take the reader past slender interpretations of globalization and exhibit the complexities and contradictions of ongoing worldwide changes, known as worldwide restructuring. The publication provides an important critique of the gender-blindness of either neo-liberal and demanding debts of globalization and foregrounds feminist bills which tension women's organisation, not only victimization, when it comes to worldwide restructuring. It unearths how states, markets, civil society, families and gender identities are at the same time being restructured in numerous methods in several nearby and nationwide contexts. It additionally exhibits how women's resistances attach the worldwide and the neighborhood, the general public and the non-public. This pioneering assortment might be very important studying for college kids and researchers within the fields of globalization, gender reviews, foreign political financial system, diplomacy and comparative

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As we noted earlier, many women must now simultaneously be in the workforce and at home to serve the global economy, make up for shortfalls in working-class men’s declining wages and jobs in industrial sectors, earn money to pay for privatized social services, and provide the reproductive services for which the state is abandoning responsibility. This is prompting various kinds of renegotiations of gender relations in households, as Moghadam and Kromhout point out in Chapters 5 and 8 of this volume, respectively Feminist analyses of the economic effects of restructuring on women have been increasingly accompanied by analyses of the consequences for women of the political effects of restructuring on the state and civil society.

These same liberals and critics presume that “categories of capitalism” and their laissez-faire principles apply universally across culture, race, or gender. In so doing, they mask normative and ideological presuppositions regarding “who is ‘wealthy’ and who is ‘poor,’ who is ‘advanced’ and who is ‘behind,’ who is ‘rational’ and who is ‘irrational,’ who is ‘peaceful’ and who is ‘violent’” (Murphy and Rojas de Ferro 1995:63). What results is an unreflexive reproduction of the values, norms, institutions, and practices of those who have always been on top.

These boundaries and oppositions, however, are intensified (albeit in some new ways) in so-called transitional states and economies in Eastern Europe, as True in Chapter 4 on the case of the Czech Republic reveals. Her chapter, which completes this section on “sightings,” challenges both conventional and Western feminist interpretations of post-Communist economic, political, and social transitions associated with global restructuring. Her treatment shows that the “winners” and “losers” in transition processes (which vary in terms of each country and do not necessarily lead in the same direction as presupposed by neoliberals) cannot be determined along gender lines.

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