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Gender and Global Justice



Gender and Global Justice

Alison M. Jaggar (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-745-66377-7 January 2014 Polity 288 Pages

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Issues of global justice have received increasing attention in academic philosophy in recent years but the gendered dimensions of these issues are often overlooked or treated as peripheral. This groundbreaking collection by Alison Jaggar brings gender to the centre of philosophical debates about global justice.

The explorations presented here range far beyond the limited range of issues often thought to constitute feminists’ concerns about global justice, such as female seclusion, genital cutting, and sex trafficking. Instead, established and emerging scholars expose the gendered and racialized aspects of transnational divisions of paid and unpaid labor, class formation, taxation, migration, mental health, the so-called resource curse, and conceptualizations of violence, honor, and consent. Jaggar's introduction explains how these and other feminist investigations of the transnational order raise deep challenges to assumptions about justice that for centuries have underpinned Western political philosophy.

Taken together the pieces in this volume present a sustained philosophical engagement with gender and global justice. Gender and Global Justice provides an accessible and original perspective on this important field and looks set to reframe philosophical reflection on global justice.

Acknowledgments vii

Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction: Gender and Global Justice: Rethinking Some Basic Assumptions of Western Political Philosophy 1
Alison M. Jaggar

1 Transnational Cycles of Gendered Vulnerability: A Prologue to a Theory of Global Gender Justice 18
Alison M. Jaggar

2 Transnational Women’s Collectivities and Global Justice 40
Hye-Ryoung Kang

3 The Moral Harm of Migrant Carework: Realizing a Global Right to Care 62
Eva Feder Kittay

4 Transnational Rights and Wrongs: Moral Geographies of Gender and Migration 85
Rachel Silvey

5 Global Gender Injustice and Mental Disorders 100
Abigail Gosselin

6 Discourses of Sexual Violence in a Global Context 119
Linda Martín Alcoff

7 Reforming Our Taxation Arrangements to Promote Global Gender Justice 147
Gillian Brock

8 Gender Injustice and the Resource Curse: Feminist Assessment and Reform 168
Scott Wisor

Bibliography 193

Index 215

"The last decade has seen an explosion of work on global justice. But most of it has neglected the gendered aspects of many pressing transnational moral problems. This volume is a welcome correction and should be taken seriously by anyone concerned to understand and to help correct the severe injustices that continue to oppress so many people around the world."
Thomas Pogge, Yale University

"This outstanding collection of new philosophical essays conceives the gendered dimensions of global justice to include not only domestic work and sexual violence but also such issues as migrant workers, mental health, and taxation. I highly recommend it for any upper-level course or seminar on global justice and human rights."
Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin

"This book marks an important contribution both to feminism and to the philosophy of global justice. There has been a tendency to neglect, in theory and in practice, gendered dimensions of serious transnational wrongs and challenges. These authors reckon with global dynamics of gender on issues including poverty, labor migration, war and violence, the experience of violation, and mental health. A compelling and corrective volume."
Erin Kelly, Tufts University