Privatization, Law, and the Challenge to Feminism

By Brenda Cossman and Judy Fudge

© 2002

Privatization has caused a large reconfiguration of the relations between the state, the market, and the family in the late twentieth and the early twenty-first centuries, all of which has had a profound effect on the lives of women. This collection of essays address this timely issue by examining eight case studies on the role of law in various arenas such as fiscal and labour market policy, family and immigration law, and laws designed to regulate health services and to prohibit child prostitution.

Starting from the shared assumption that privatization signals a transition from welfare state to neo-liberal state, the authors illustrate the role of law in this process, and its impact on women and on the gender order. In doing so, the contributors lay bare the complex interplay between a globalized political economy, social reproduction and legal regulation, providing an important contribution to feminist political theory and legal theory. Of great relevance to political science and law practitioners scholars and students - especially those interested in the areas of public policy and the state - these essays contribute strongly to debates about gender and will attract a wide feminist audience.

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Examining eight case studies on the role of law in various arenas, this collection of essays addresses the reconfiguration of the relations between the state, the market, and the family caused by privatization.

Privatization, Law, and the Challenge to Feminism

By Brenda Cossman and Judy Fudge

© 2002

Privatization has caused a large reconfiguration of the relations between the state, the market, and the family in the late twentieth and the early twenty-first centuries, all of which has had a profound effect on the lives of women. This collection of essays address this timely issue by examining eight case studies on the role of law in various arenas such as fiscal and labour market policy, family and immigration law, and laws designed to regulate health services and to prohibit child prostitution.

Starting from the shared assumption that privatization signals a transition from welfare state to neo-liberal state, the authors illustrate the role of law in this process, and its impact on women and on the gender order. In doing so, the contributors lay bare the complex interplay between a globalized political economy, social reproduction and legal regulation, providing an important contribution to feminist political theory and legal theory. Of great relevance to political science and law practitioners scholars and students - especially those interested in the areas of public policy and the state - these essays contribute strongly to debates about gender and will attract a wide feminist audience.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.5in x 9.2in
  • Author Information

    Brenda Cossman is Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, and taught at the Osgoode Hall Law School from 1988 to 1999.



    Judy Fudge is Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Privatization, Law, and the Challenge to Feminism - Judy Fudge and Brenda Cossman

    Part 1: Reproducing the Market

    • Tax Law and Social Reproduction: The Gender of Fiscal Policy in an Age of Privatization - Lisa Philipps
    • From Segregation to Privatization: Equality, the Law, and Women Public Servants, 1908-2001 - Judy Fudge
    • Privatizing Pension Risk: Gender, Law, and Financial Markets - Mary Condon

    Part II: Producing the Social Body

    • Family Feuds: Neo-Liberal and Neo-Conservative Visions of the Reprivatization Project - Brenda Cossman
    • Public Entrance / Private Member - Audrey Macklin

    Part III: The Self-Reliant Citizen; Social Health and Public Order

    • Creeping Privatization in Health Care: Implications for Women as the State Redraws Its Role - Joan M. Gilmour
    • Public Bodies, Private Parts: Genetics in a Post-Keynesian Era - Roxanne Mykitiuk
    • Both Pitied and Scorned: Child Prostitution in an Era of Privatization - Dianne L. Martin

    Conclusion: Privatization, Polarization, and Policy: Feminism and the Future - Judy Fudge And Brenda Cossman

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