Who Do We Care About? Reflections on Gender Justice in a Global Market
Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 3, pp. 358-374, 2007
28 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2010
Date Written: 2007
The article argues that there is insufficient emphasis within contemporary feminist legal analyses on the inequalities associated with globalisation. Discussions relating to women’s human rights have focused more on issues of recognition than on the socio-economic aspects of the global injustices. How is it possible to care for distant others? The article offers a framework through which to address this question. It focuses on the ways in which care giving is being reconstructed by the processes of globalisation. Care giving is primarily located within the family and normatively assigned to women. Yet economic exigencies are encouraging women into labour markets thereby creating ‘care gaps’. In an attempt to fill this gap care is commodified, creating a market in social care which is filled in a part by migrant care workers. The article considers the ways in which local and global legal discourses relating to the development of this global care market impact on gender relations but also reconstruct understandings of care.
Keywords: care, gender justice, women’s human rights, globalisation, feminism and law
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