New PDF release: Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and the West

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 be to an international anti-war flow to counter US energy. 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 truth, whereas the sexualized black slave alternate emerges as an early kind of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are wanted. Black the United States, India, the Islamic international and Africa envision designated conceptions of what it really is to be totally, polyversally, human. wish for a extra peaceable, simply and happier global lies, she believes, within the understandings and activism of girls today.

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The site of the slave trade is one of connectivity to the lives of Native Americans who came before the African slave trade, and to other colonial moments of oppression and exploitation which carve stories on people of color’s bodies. The body demands and articulates in polyvalent ways the meaning of humanity across geographical and cultural spaces. Colonialism denies exclusive geographic categorization because it has always traveled across these divides. One need not wait for twenty-first century global capital in order to recognize the multiplicity of location of brutality.

Because slavery and patriarchy are embedded in the same historical moment, a ‘practice’ of democracy is not to be found at this site. A lived democracy is only to be found by going inside the resistances and expressions of humanity. Ideas that are said to be of the West are often initiated and located elsewhere. Terming democracy as of the West already gives too much credit to the West. Such naming reflects an imperial capture of ideas from ‘elsewhere’. Expressions of eighteenth century democratic theory derive as much from the slave revolts in Haiti as from Europe, as much from the demands of the slaves’ humanity as from Western ideas of freedom.

Rousseau is termed a radical Eisenstein 02 30 28/6/04 1:57 pm Page 30 AGAINST EMPIRE egalitarian while he groups all women with children and cripples, and slavery remains a metaphor for white man’s dependency on others. We are told that we live in global times in a global village, while girls and women of color toil away in maquiladora factories. Seeing anew means subverting the distortions of before with a willingness to be deeply uncomfortable with the self. A polyversality of timeless values must be used to unsettle and realize the human self.

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