Between Feminism and Materialism: A Question of Method by G. Howie

By G. Howie

Among Feminism and Materialism is a daring try and make experience of the connection among feminist thought and capitalism. Addressing a few philosophical difficulties that experience engaged feminists over the past few decades--universals and cause, nature and essentialism, identification and non-identity, intercourse and gender, strength and patriarchy, neighborhood and global--this cutting edge ebook breaks via feminist waves and explains the paradoxes of feminist conception by means of demonstrating the on-going relevance of dialectics and the suggestions of exploitation, ideology, and reification. Drawing on first, moment, and 3rd "waves" of feminist conception, this fascinating mixture of existentialism, phenomenology, and demanding concept provides a proactive feminism able to reply to the demanding situations awarded by means of our completely sleek occasions.

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Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 PRODUCTION BETWEEN FEMINISM AND MATERIALISM family;68 (iii) capitalism strives both to maximize productive labor, and so encourages women into the workforce, and to retain women’s unpaid domestic labor; (iv) primitive accumulation is not neutral (to gender or race) and involves differential treatment;69 (v) even if indifferent to “extra-economic” identities, which I believe it is, capital will pursue differentiated markets and this will exacerbate cultural and sexual differences; (vi) given the multiple roles occupied by women in terms of productive and reproductive labor, globalization and structural adjustment policies, promoted by bodies such as the World Bank and the IMF, have a more emphatic impact on women.

56 She believed that even in the liberation movement women’s interests always took second place. One reason for this was that the explanatory framework of liberation movements differently identified underlying causes of oppression and interests. Yet, disagreements as to the identity of primary underlying mechanisms (patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism) and the nature of interests were not restricted to encounters with other movements but were actually reproduced within feminist groups. The Redstockings, for example, were formed in 1969 following a split within the group New York Radical Women between socialist and radical feminists over just these questions.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 PRODUCTION BETWEEN FEMINISM AND MATERIALISM economic value there can be no surplus extracted, and therefore no exploitation takes place. Because productive labor is defined in terms of its economic value, domestic labor becomes invisible. Because exploitation is defined in terms of the appropriation of remunerated labor, the ways in which individual men benefit from the distribution of labor within the family also becomes invisible.

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