The Cosmopolitan Future: A Feminist Approach

Sylvie Fogiel-Bijaoui
2016 Laws  
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
more » ... rth 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.
doi:10.3390/laws5030034 fatcat:h44apeiitjcz7gn5yde6hu3nga