Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis

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Verso Books, Apr 24, 2013 - Philosophy - 248 pages
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Charts the history of women’s liberation and calls for a revitalized feminism.

Nancy Fraser’s major new book traces the feminist movement’s evolution since the 1970s and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist thought and action.

During the ferment of the New Left, “Second Wave” feminism emerged as a struggle for women’s liberation and took its place alongside other radical movements that were questioning core features of capitalist society. But feminism’s subsequent immersion in identity politics coincided with a decline in its utopian energies and the rise of neoliberalism. Now, foreseeing a revival in the movement, Fraser argues for a reinvigorated feminist radicalism able to address the global economic crisis. Feminism can be a force working in concert with other egalitarian movements in the struggle to bring the economy under democratic control, while building on the visionary potential of the earlier waves of women’s liberation. This powerful new account is set to become a landmark of feminist thought.

 

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Contents

Prologue to a Drama in Three Acts
1
Whats Critical About Critical Theory?
19
Outline of a SocialistFeminist
53
FEMINISM TAMEDI FROM REDISTRIBUTION
137
Reframing Justice in a Globalizing World
189
Feminism Capitalism and the Cunning of History
209
Index
243
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Nancy Fraser is Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research, Einstein Fellow of the city of Berlin, and holder of the "Global Justice" Chair at the Collège d'études mondiales in Paris. Her books include Redistribution or Recognition; Adding Insult to Injury; Scales of Justice; Justice Interruptus; and Unruly Practices.

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