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Privatization, Vulnerability, and Social Responsibility

A Comparative Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Martha Albertson Fineman, Titti Mattsson, Ulrika Andersson


342 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Taking a cross-cultural perspective, this book explores how privatization and globalization impact contemporary feminist and social justice approaches to public responsibility. Feminist legal theorists have long problematized divisions between the private and the political, an issue with growing importance in a time when the welfare state is under threat in many parts of the world and private markets and corporations transcend national boundaries. Because vulnerability analysis emphasizes our interdependency within social institutions and the need for public responsibility for our shared vulnerability, it can highlight how neoliberal policies commodify human necessities, channeling unprofitable social relationships, such as caretaking, away from public responsibility and into the individual private family. This book uses comparative analyses to examine how these dynamics manifest across different legal cultures. By highlighting similarities and differences in legal responses to vulnerability, this book provides important insights and arguments against the privatization of social need and for a more responsive state.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

I. Analyzing Privatization

2. Three Faces of Privatization

3. Big Government Against Social Responsibility: A Vulnerability Critique of Privatization’s Public Priorities

4. Rethinking Responsibility in Private Law

5. In the Land of Choice: Privatized Reality and Contractual Vulnerability

II. Privatization and Corporatization

6. Entrepreneurial Subjectivity, the Privatization of Risk, and the Ethics of Vulnerability

7. Privatizing Hoodia: Patent Ownership, Benefit Sharing, and Indigenous Knowledge in Southern Africa

8. Credit Counselling in Canada: An Empirical Examination

9. Privatizing and Corporatizing the University: A U.S. and UK Comparison

III. Privatization of Public Services

10. Freedom of Choice over Equality as Objective for the Swedish Welfare State? The Latest Debate on Choice in Education

11. Privatization in the Human Services: Impact on the Front Lines and the Ground Floor

12. Still a responsive state?

13. E-government for the distribution of public services in Sweden: Privatization, Vulnerability and Social Responsibility reshaped

14. What does privatization mean for women in Uganda?

IV. Privatization of the Coercive Power of the State

15. The Human Right to Dignity and Commodification of Prisoners: Considering Worldwide Challenges to Prison Privatization

16. Gendered Aspects of Privatizing Force in Counterinsurgent Warfare

17. Harmed selves harming others – A vulnerability approach to the criminal justice system

About the Editors

Martha Albertson Fineman is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory University. A leading authority on family law and feminist jurisprudence, Fineman is the founding director of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, an interdisciplinary scholarly project she began at the University of Wisconsin in 1984. Since 2007, she also directs Emory’s Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, an interdisciplinary project housed in the Laney Graduate School. Her scholarly work focuses on various aspects of the legal regulation of intimacy and on the social, cultural, and legal implications of human dependency and vulnerability.

Titti Mattsson is Professor of Public Law, working as a researcher and teacher in social welfare law, medical law and family law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University. Her research broadly concerns age and the law (child law, elder law) and often focus on the use of age as a simplifier in the regulation of the social welfare state. Together with Andersson, she is co-director of the research environment Law and Vulnerabilities at Lund University.

Ulrika Andersson is Associate Professor in Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, working as a teacher and researcher in criminal law and criminal procedural law. Her main research focuses broadly on questions concerning law and power. She is particularly interested in issues of sexuality and gender, in addition to power relations in regard to class and ethnicity.

About the Series

Gender in Law, Culture, and Society

Gender in Law, Culture, and Society
Gender in Law, Culture, and Society will address key issues and theoretical debates related to gender, culture, and the law. Its titles will advance understanding of the ways in which a society’s cultural and legal approaches to gender intersect, clash, and are reconciled or remain in tension. The series will further examine connections between gender and economic and political systems, as well as various other cultural and societal influences on gender construction and presentation, including social and legal consequences that men and women uniquely or differently encounter. Intended for a scholarly readership as well as for courses, its titles will be a mix of single-authored volumes and collections of original essays that will be both pragmatic and theoretical. It will draw from the perspectives of critical and feminist legal theory, as well as other schools of jurisprudence. Interdisciplinary, and international in scope, the series will offer a range of voices speaking to significant questions arising from the study of law in relation to gender, including the very nature of law itself.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Gender & the Law
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Labor & Employment
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies