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ISSN (Print) 2046-9551
Published by Kent Law School [1 journal]
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Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 2046-9551
Published by Kent Law School [1 journal]
- Some Reflections on BDS and Feminist Political Solidarity
Authors: Brenna Bhandar
Abstract: The main theme that I address in this paper is the boycott as a form of political solidarity. Recalling one of the primary objectives of Black and Third World feminist activists and scholars, I explore how BDS is one of the primary ways of building solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation. The logic of BDS is that of a unified, anti-racist and anti-colonial politics, which counters the logic of the Oslo Accords, one of fragmentation along multiple axes.
PubDate: Fri, 02 May 2014 15:08:31 -070
- Bodies, Buses and Permits: Palestinians Navigating Care
Authors: Rana Sharif
Abstract: All Palestinian bodies, male and female, are subject to and targeted by the occupying state. Drawing on participatory observation conducted in the West Bank, this essay focuses on how gender and occupation intersect in men’s access to care and seeks to realign feminist practice to examine the ways in which all bodies are subject to the intersections of gender, race, class and power. It shows the lived realities of Palestinian everyday life that are occluded when one considers only the “legal formalities” Israel has put in place, which seem to allow for access to certain spaces for sick bodies, but in fact hinder or deny every attempt to do so. Finally, I conclude with some reflections on how the current Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is one means of addressing the forms of power exercised over Palestinian bodies living under occupation.
PubDate: Fri, 02 May 2014 15:08:08 -070
- Palestinian Feminist Critique and the Physics of Power: Feminists Between
Thought and Practice
Authors: Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Abstract: Grounded in my own position as a Palestinian feminist born and raised in Haifa, this paper delves into the nature of feminism for Palestinian women in the Jewish settler colonial state by asking three main questions: How does the complex socio-political reality of settler colonialism reflect itself in the lives and status of Palestinian women living in Israel' What kind of critical feminist theorizing is needed from Palestinian feminists in Israel' How can we analyze and confront the racism of the historical silence of the majority of Israeli feminists towards the historical injustice and current violence faced by Palestinian feminists' The paper underlines the importance of widening the critical feminist lens to account for the physics of power and calls for (a) the deconstruction of feminisms that have refused to regard the Nakba as a focal analytical and actual source of feminist theorization and (b) defiance in the face of global, regional, and local amnesia towards the Palestinian right to life in the face of Israel’s necropolitical regime of control.
PubDate: Fri, 02 May 2014 15:07:43 -070
- It Is Our Belief That Palestine is a Feminist Issue...
Authors: David Lloyd
Abstract: To date, apparently, no major Western women’s or feminist organization has declared its solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. This introduction argues that the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation and for rights, justice and equality is a fundamentally feminist issue. It is so both on the grounds of the traditions of international solidarity that have been central to feminisms that are also anti-racist and anti-imperialist and because Israel’s occupation and legalized system of discrimination targets the reproduction of Palestinian life in the fullest sense, not only as biological life but also in the larger sense of the social and cultural. The paper concludes by arguing that the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is a crucial intervention which, in consistency with feminist theory and practice, feminists internationally should endorse and act upon.
PubDate: Fri, 02 May 2014 15:07:20 -070
- The Policing and Prosecution of Rape: What Do We Know and How Should Our
Knowledge Shape Policy and Practice'
Authors: Betsy Stanko; with Louise Ellison, Martin Hewitt Harriet Wistrich
Abstract: This is a video of a lecture given by Betsy Stanko at LSE on 11 March 2014, in which she presents the findings of her research on the investigation and prosecution of rapes reported to the Metropolitan Police Service over the 8 years from 2005-2013. The lecture is followed by comments from panellists Louise Ellison, Martin Hewitt and Harriet Wistrich. Louise Ellison addresses the treatment of rape complainants with mental health conditions; Martin Hewitt discusses the need to provide access to justice for rape victims; and Harriet Wistrich talks about the recent civil case, DSD v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis  EWHC 436 (QB), in which two of the victims of serial rapist John Worboys successfully sued the Metropolitan Police under the Human Rights Act 1998 for failures in their investigation of the rapes. The event was organised by LSE Law, LSE Gender Institute and the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, and was chaired by Christine Chinkin.
PubDate: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:25:48 -070
- Measuring Labour and Rethinking Value
Authors: Lisa Adkins
Abstract: In this lecture Lisa Adkins considers the form of labour which has been at the very heart of feminist theorizations of immaterial labour, namely domestic labour. She considers transformations to this labour in the context of financialization, and in particular the direct links which are being forged between domestic labour and the creation of financial value. Adkins considers the implications of these links, or more precisely, of the financialization of domestic labour, for the current state and future of the relations of social reproduction.
PubDate: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:20:59 -070
- Abject Labours, Informal Markets: Revisiting the Law's (Re)Production
Authors: Prabha Kotiswaran
Abstract: Over the past few decades, feminist legal scholars have successfully gendered several areas of legal doctrine, inlcuding labour law. In particular, they draw extensively on feminist theorizing of social reproduction to argue for the increased labour law protection of women's care work. While sympathetic to feminist efforts to redraw the 'production boundary', I critique in this article feminists' own reluctance to include within this production boundary the reproductive labour of women like sex workers, dancers and surrogates. I argue instead for the recognition of reproductive labour performed for the market as valuable, legitimate work. I then assess the implications of this redrawing of the 'reproduction boundary' for labour law. Through an examination of three generations of Indian labour law, I suggest that labour laws geared towards the informal economy best address female reproductive labourers' demands for both recognition and redistribution, but that for this, labour law itself needs to be reconceptualized, especially as the postcolonial state re-engineers labour laws in the prevalent economic climate to deliver benefits rather than workers' rights. A slightly modified version of this article will be published in the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, vol 18, no 1 (2014).
PubDate: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:55:52 -070
- The Contribution of Feminism to Contemporary Public Debates About Law
Authors: Nicola Barker; Sinead Ring, Maria Drakopoulou, Rosemary Hunter
Abstract: This is the audio recording of a panel session at the Kent Critical Law Society conference held at the University of Kent on 1 March 2014. Nicola Barker speaks on 'Feminism, Family and the Politics of Austerity' (with accompanying powerpoint slides); Sinead Ring speaks on 'The Pernicious Nature of Rape Myths and How They Continue to Affect Rape Prosecutions'; Maria Drakopoulou speaks on 'Feminism, Tradition and the Question of Sexual Violence'; and Rosemary Hunter acts as discussant, commenting on all three papers.
PubDate: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:50:53 -070
- Gender and the Idea of Labour Law
Authors: Joanne Conaghan
Abstract: In recent years and as a consequence of radical changes in the world of work the idea of labour law has come under sustained interrogation. Of particular concern has been the extent to which the traditional boundaries of labour law organised around the regulation of employer-employee relations are in need of revision, as the ambit of labour regulation expands outwards to encompass a much broader range of socio-economic and political objectives. Such developments, inter alia, present feminists with an opportunity to challenge the extent to which labour law is predicated upon a paid work paradigm and to emphasise the interconnectedness of paid and unpaid labour and the significance of gender as a category of analysis in this context. Taking as a particular focus a recent collection of essays entitled The Idea of Labour Law, edited by Guy Davidov and Brian Langille (OUP 2011), this paper endeavours to gauge how far mainstream labour law debate has taken up the feminist challenge to confront the implications - for labour regulation - of acknowledging the interdependence of work and family life and the constituting significance of gender in relation to the social (and legal) organisation of work.
PubDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:08:50 -080
- The Strange Temporalities of Work-Life Balance Law
Authors: Emily Grabham
Abstract: This research paper is part of a broader project on law and time. I am in the midst of studying the time-related concepts and assumptions that structure some of the key initiatives in the area of equalities regulation in the UK over the past two decades. Time fulfils certain legal and political functions in equalities law and policy, establishing the parameters through which a person might claim a legal identity in order to argue a discrimination case, for example, or providing a paradigm for thinking about the allocation of care responsibilities. Yet, far from merely tracing how legal concepts and communities symbolise time, or how they use temporal concepts in their world-making features, I am also interested in the materialisation of time and interconnections between time, matter, form and objects in the making of law. Key temporalities within work-life balance law - balance, equilibrium and flexibility, for example - therefore become amenable to inquiry through the actions of documents and documentary practices, administrative forms and the form of law itself in materialising time alongside and in relationship with human legal subjects. As Michel Serres puts it: 'Time doesn't flow; it percolates' (Latour and Serres, 1995, 58). With this in mind we might ask: how has work-life balance percolated' What role have human and non-human legal actors played in confabulating this temporal form'
PubDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:08:25 -080
- Unpaid Care, Paid Work and Austerity: A Research Note
Authors: Nicole Busby
Abstract: The need to pursue austerity measures has been used by the UK's Coalition Government as justification for labour market deregulation alongside reductions in welfare and cuts to public services. Such reforms have resulted in reduced protection for those (women) engaged in low paid, precarious work and the loss of public sector jobs and also run the risk of upsetting the finely-tuned arrangements on which those who provide unpaid care alongside paid work depend. This research note considers the impact of recent reforms on the reconciliation of paid work and unpaid care and challenges the underlying austerity rationale.
PubDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:08:02 -080
- Research Note: Rethinking Feminist Engagements with the State and Wage
Authors: Donatella Alessandrini
Abstract: In this paper I reflect on recent attempts by feminist economists to engage with post-Keynsian policies aimed at the socialisation of investment, in particular the proposal for the government to act at once as the Employer of Last Resort (ELR) and a social provider. Such an engagement seems to depart from feminist autonomists' critique of the wage society, their refusal to place reformist demands on the state and their emphasis on the collectivisation of social reproduction. Drawing on earlier explorations by Italian feminists of the dynamic interaction between labour and value, I suggest that these two approaches might not be as different as they first appear: at stake for both is a challenge to capitalist value through the promotion of arrangements able to instantiate alternative processes of valorisation.
PubDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:07:38 -080
- Research Note: Bingo and Feminist Political Economy
Authors: Kate Bedford
Abstract: I am currently conducting a multi-country comparative research project on bingo regulation in both commercial and charitable contexts. Charitable gaming is remarkably under-studied, even though in many jurisdictions it is the most widespread form of legalized gambling. In the project overall I argue that it not only provides a distinctive lens through which to theorize gambling liberalization and political economy, but it is also key to exploring (and critiquing) the increasing emphasis on voluntarism in reconstituted welfare states. In this paper specifically I explore how volutneers in charitable bingo halls are impacted by bingo revitalization efforts undertaken in Ontario and Alberta (Canada). I focus on how charities and government officials try to manage the tension between regulating and incentivizing the unpaid workers whose labour sustains the game. I explore two efforts undertaken to resolve this tension, via a volunteer credit scheme (in Alberta), and a scheme to professionalize the volunteer role (in Ontario). In both cases, efforts to revitalize charitable bingo have involved increased scrutiny of volunteers, alongside initiatives designed to maximize the value of volunteer labour to charities and provincial governments. These initiatives have failed to protect people who need charitable services from being coerced into working for free. Both initiatives have also reduced volunteer autonomy, and increased the class distance between bingo volunteers and players. I conclude with some lessons that bingo might hold for those interested in voluntarism and the feminist political economy of charitable labour.
PubDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:07:06 -080
- Legal Constructions of Body Work
Authors: Ann Stewart
Abstract: This chapter explores the way in which two examples of body work - the labour involved in caring for the vulnerable elderly and in providing commercial sex - are regulated. It highlights the challenges that body work presents for labour law and exposes the wider conceptual limitations that this area of law faces in a consumer based market economy in which the boundaries between production and social reproduction are being reconstituted.
PubDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:06:40 -080
Authors: Ann Stewart
Abstract: This preface introduces the chapter 'Legal Constructions of Body Work' and the book in which it was first published, C. Wolkowitz et al. eds, Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, Embodied and Sexualised Labour (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
PubDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:06:14 -080
- Introduction: Gendering Labour Law
Authors: Judy Fudge; Emily Grabham
Abstract: This special section of feminists@law is the outcome of a workshop on 'Gendering Labour Law' held at Kent Law School on 20-21 June 2013. Its aspiration is to help to revitalise labout law by infusing it with a robust feminist engagement with core concepts such as work, care, gender and social reproduction.
PubDate: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:05:45 -080
- Feminism Then and Now
Authors: Camille Kumar; with an Introduction by Sarah Keenan
Abstract: This is the text of Camille Kumar's contribution to a panel discussion on 'Feminism Then and Now' held at the LSE Gender Institute on 21 January 2014, as part of a series of events to welcome the Women's Library to LSE. Sarah Keenan attended the event and provides an introduction.
PubDate: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:36:10 -080
- Black and White: History of Racial Identity in Italy
Authors: Gaia Giuliani
Abstract: Drawing on the book Bianco e nero. Storia dell'identita razziale degli Itallani, this lecture traces the political, cultural and visual history of Italian racial identity from unificaiton to the economic boom, through Fascism and the post-war era. Gaia Giuliani uses analytical categories derived from political philosophy, critical race theory, whiteness studies and postcolonial studies, and examines political theories of race, scientific literature and legislation related to emigration in order to trace the different processes of self-racialisation in the political discourse from the unification period up to 1936. The lecture also looks at contemporary Italian racism, analysing mass culture products (1980s-2007), TV coverage of racist incidents (2010-2012), and the intertwining of masculinity, virility, whtieness and race in Berlusconi's sexual scandals.
PubDate: Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:14:05 -080
- About the cover image
Authors: The Editors
Abstract: This issue features a piece of artwork by Hannah Tiernan. Hannah graduated in 2013 from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and is now studying photography at Griffith College Dublin. She works mainly in sculpture, installation and photography. She has exhibited her work on a number of occasions in Dublin, including a solo show at the Hendrons Collider gallery space. The featured piece is 'Amber Topography'. This image is a detail from a wax study on skin. It was taken from a clay press mould of overlapping feathers. Using light to illuminate the wax, the resulting image is somewhat reminiscent of geographical shipping charts. For more of Hannah's work please visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HannahTiernanArtist'ref=stream.
PubDate: Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:13:23 -080