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The Cosmopolitan Future: A Feminist Approach

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  • Sylvie Fogiel-Bijaoui

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This study questions the “clash of civilizations” thesis. Referring to the cosmopolitanization process as defined by Beck and Sznaider (2010), I analyze the cosmopolitanization of feminism, that is, the gradual recognition of “the others’ others”, the women, through the evolution of their political rights—the right to elect and be elected—at a global level. In this context, the descriptive representation of women, their substantive representation, and their voices within civil society in the North and the South highlight the fact that feminism is undergoing a process of cosmopolitanization, albeit in a slow and sporadic way. I present this argument from a postcolonial feminist perspective and base my research on NGOs’ data and on data provided by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN-Women. First, I analyze the cosmpolitanization process as applied to feminism. Then, following Beck and Sznaider (2010), I describe how this process is articulated ‘from above’ (top-down cosmopolitanization), referring to electoral data from around the world and to international law. Further, I relate to the cosmopolitanization of feminism ‘from below’, referring to feminist theories, cyberfeminism and the global civil/feminist society. In conclusion, I discuss the common future of feminism and cosmopolitanism.

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  • Sylvie Fogiel-Bijaoui, 2016. "The Cosmopolitan Future: A Feminist Approach," Laws, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(3), pages 1-14, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jlawss:v:5:y:2016:i:3:p:34-:d:76292
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    1. Dzodzi Tsikata, 2009. "Women's Organizing in Ghana since the 1990s: From individual organizations to three coalitions," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 52(2), pages 185-192, June.
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    1. Suleman Lazarus, 2019. "‘Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others’: The Hierarchy of Citizenship in Austria," Laws, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(3), pages 1-19, July.

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    Keywords

    cosmopolitanization; feminism; descriptive representation; substantive representation; international law; human rights;

    JEL classification:

    • K0 - Law and Economics - - General
    • K1 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law
    • K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law
    • K3 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law
    • K4 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • F68 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Policy

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