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 a world 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 truth, whereas the sexualized black slave exchange emerges as an early type of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are wanted. Black the US, India, the Islamic international and Africa envision specified conceptions of what it's 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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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. The story that is told exists because Europeans were positioned to write history. Eisenstein 02 28/6/04 1:57 pm Page 33 THINKING TO SEE 33 The silencing of the Haitian revolution within the dominant discourses of the Enlightenment allows a partial story to be told: one of non-slave rebellion.

12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 28/6/04 1:57 pm Page 22 AGAINST EMPIRE vol. 27, no. 1 (Autumn, 2001), pp. 87–122, for the phrasing ‘other-than’ in pluralizing feminisms beyond liberalism. Jianying Zha, “Learning from McDonald’s”, Transition, issue 91, vol. 12, no. 1 (May 2002), pp. 18-39. Barry Lynn, “Unmade in America”, Harper’s, vol. 304, no. 1825 ( June 2002), pp. 33–42. George Soros, On Globalization (New York: Public Affairs, 2002), pp. 66, 159. Scott Malcomson, One Drop of Blood: The American Misadventure of Race (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000), pp.

US military might breeds anti-Americanism among Europeans, Latin Americans, Asians, and so on because the US flaunts power, and ignores all restraints. 9 Even Salman Rushdie, who embraces much of the dichotomy between Islam and the West, warns the US after the war in Afghanistan: “This is not the time to ignore the rest of the world and decide to go it alone. ”10 In this process the rest of humanity become the polyglot of diversity, supplying the unity of capital. This is hardly an embrace of multiplicity Eisenstein 02 28/6/04 1:57 pm 34 Page 34 AGAINST EMPIRE but rather a corralling of it for a problematic unity of exploitation.

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