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Title:Equality in the global village
Author:Pieterse, MariusISNI
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:social inequality
social and economic rights
labour law
global economy
Abstract:This article contemplates the realization of substantive equality in the context of the globalization of neoliberal culture, which favours liberal concerns over egalitarian objectives, conceptualizes both State and citizen in entrepreneurial terms and believes that social disparities fall to be redressed by the market and not by the State. The article shows that the South African government is in the somewhat precarious position of having to balance the above dictates of globalization with the transformative vision espoused by the 1996 Constitution. After setting out the normative underpinnings of economic globalization and identifying related international tensions, and having highlighted certain premises and structural consequences of economic globalization which could lead to the further entrenchment of structures that create and reinforce inequality, the article investigates how the balance between economic imperatives and social transformation is currently being struck in the South African labour market. In conclusion, the author attempts to show that goals of international economic integration and social transformation need not be mutually exclusive by contemplating the reconceptualization of the labour market in egalitarian terms. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]