4 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 59 (1996)
Professor Eisenstein's article discusses the effects of globalization on the
relationship between privatization and public responsibility and how this
dynamic impacts the future of women across the globe. She argues that the
global growth of privatization in the North and West has disseminated around
the world to the detriment of women. Privatization, she contends, has been
accepted as the agenda of politicians for the late twentieth century, and public
responsibility has been lost as a result.
According to Professor Eisenstein, globalization has been essentially an
economic process in which a global economy surfaces without differences or
borders. The global economy, however, fails to account for the divisions that
are left in its wake, dividing people along racial, ethnic, religious, and
gendered borders. The myth of "oneness" created by the global economy
displaces women into the established gender hierarchies of the North and
West, which continue to place the needs of women at the bottom of the global
Professor Eisenstein exemplifies her views by focusing on the export of
Western feminism to the rest of the world, the struggles of women in the South
and East who strive for progress in the face of restrictive global gender
hierarchies, and the problems facing the women of the former Yugoslavia.
The article concludes with Professor Eisenstein's suggestion that the
"Platform of Action," put forth at the UN. Fourth World Conference on
Women, be used as a basis for restructuring the public in a way that will make
marked progress toward improving the rights and status of women around the
world. The Platform is a basis for a feminist "publicness" that Professor
Eisenstein feels should be attempted as we close in on the twenty-first century.
"Stop Stomping on the Rest of US: Retrieving Publicness from the Privatization of the Globe,"
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