Issue 101 of INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL Published Winter 2003 Copyright © International Socialism
Women have gained a fantastic amount over the last 30 years--a level of financial independence through work, and greater sexual freedom through contraception. But the positive changes have brought their own problems--women are now expected to be career women and house-proud mothers, with the cost of childcare beyond the reach of most workers. At a time when lapdancing clubs seem to be springing up faster than nursery schools, Lindsey German, author of Sex, Class and Socialism, looks at the reality of women's oppression today. She argues that the involvement of women in the growing global movement raises the possibility of bringing the fight for equality back to the centre of struggle.
In a world where millions of people are living on the brink of starvation while millions of others face obesity-related health problems due to fast-food diets, the politics of food is a vital question. Carlo Morelli takes a detailed look at some of the key players in the industry: Nestlé, Unilever and Sainsbury's. If, as he argues, the logic of the Project for a New American Century applies here, what are the implications for the struggle to regain control over our world?
Democracy is at the heart of the debates in the movement. In an extended review of Geoff Eley's Forging Democracy, Colin Barker charts the progressive movements which have shaped our world over the last 150 years. How has the left tackled 'the woman question', forms of organisation, and imperialist reaction?
Book reviews include Rob Hoveman on After Theory by Marxist cultural critic Terry Eagleton, and Phil Marfleet on Nigel Harris's paean to the market, The Return of Cosmopolitan Capital. Plus, Neil Faulkner replies to a critical review of his Apocalypse: the Great Jewish Revolt Against Rome, AD 66-73, published in International Socialism 98.