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By G. Howie

Among Feminism and Materialism is a daring try to make feel of the connection among feminist concept and capitalism. Addressing a few philosophical difficulties that experience engaged feminists during the last few decades--universals and cause, nature and essentialism, id and non-identity, intercourse and gender, strength and patriarchy, neighborhood and global--this cutting edge publication breaks via feminist waves and explains the paradoxes of feminist conception via demonstrating the on-going relevance of dialectics and the recommendations of exploitation, ideology, and reification. Drawing on first, moment, and 3rd "waves" of feminist thought, this intriguing blend of existentialism, phenomenology, and important thought provides a proactive feminism able to reply to the demanding situations offered through our completely smooth instances.

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In other words, the cause of oppression can be explained in terms of economic categories that also indicate the eradication or incorporation of those same identities. An example of such contradictory pulls may be the horrific cases of violence against gay men and women alongside “the pink pound” and civil partnerships. Dual-systems theorists, often referred to as socialist feminists, tend to separate out economic and sex relations, thereby accommodating gender analysis within an exposition of patriarchy, rather than forcing the economic analysis of Marxism to answer the questions outlined above.

Can we use these insights from unified and dual systems theory or do we have to consign the debate to the dustbin of modernity? Without doubt, global or transnational labor markets have been undergoing a transformation. In the UK, for example, a long period of restructuring has resulted in a reduction in manufacturing with disproportionate effects for unskilled male workers. Shifts toward a service-economy have resulted in what has been described as feminine flexible working practices: part-time, temporary, and casual work.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 CH A P T ER BETWEEN FEMINISM AND MATERIALISM The risk here is that as a consequence of conceding a subjective base any talk of “objectivity,” which accredits some mind-independent status to objects, becomes negatively identified with realism. Not just with realism but with a “crude realism” that ignores the existence of the self, regards one’s own perspective as certain, and appropriates others into a narcissistic web.

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