Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and the West by Zillah Eisenstein

By Zillah Eisenstein

In Against Empire, Zillah Eisenstein extends her critique of neoliberal globalization. confronted with an competitive American empire hostage to ideological extremism and violently selling the narrowest of pursuits, she seems to an international anti-war stream to counter US strength. relocating past the distortions of mainstream historical past, she detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed methods of seeing. Eisenstein insists that the so-called West is as a lot fiction as fact, whereas the sexualized black slave exchange emerges as an early kind of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are wanted. Black the United States, India, the Islamic global and Africa envision special conceptions of what it truly is to be totally, polyversally, human. wish for a extra peaceable, simply and happier international lies, she believes, within the understandings and activism of ladies today.

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1832 ( January 2003), p. 21. Naomi Klein, “Downsizing in Disguise”, The Nation, vol. 276, no. 10. See detailed verification of Rumsfeld’s negotiations with Saddam Hussein during the 1980s in The National Security Archive. edu/~nsarchiv/ NSAEBB/NSAEBB82 Eisenstein 01 28/6/04 1:57 pm Page 23 UNILATERAL EMPIRE 23 27. Steven Lee Myers, “Anxious and Weary of War, GIs Face a New Iraq Mission”, New York Times, June 15, 2003, p. A1. 28. Bob Herbert, “A Strange Budget Cut”, New York Times, February 20, 2003, p.

Europe developed out of the pre-existent systems of the thirteenth century; it was facilitated by a world economy which it then restructured to its liking. When it reached out, “it found riches rather than empty space”. Europe came as an “upstart peripheral”. According to Abu-Lughod, the turning point came when the Middle East linked the eastern Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean between 1250 and 1350, when East and West became roughly balanced. The story of European hegemony conceals the story of the old world core of the Middle East, India, and China.

A1. 28. Bob Herbert, “A Strange Budget Cut”, New York Times, February 20, 2003, p. A31. 29. A1. 30. Bob Herbert, “Spoils of War”, New York Times, April 10, 2003, p. A27. 31. Tim Shorrock, “Selling (Off ) Iraq”, The Nation, vol. 276, no. 4 ( June 23, 2003), pp. 11–16. 32. David Halbfinger and Steven Holmes, “Military Mirrors a Working-class America”, New York Times, March 30, 2003, p. A1. 33. Scott Baldauf, “Letter from Afghanistan”, The Nation, vol. 276, no. 16 (April 28, 2003), pp. 24–8. 34. For an important discussion of gender and militarism see Cynthia Enloe, Does Khaki Become You?

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