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This textbook creation to present feminist theories maps the improvement of feminist suggestion and indicates destiny instructions. Reflecting the variety of feminist thought, and its a number of practices and methods, the chapters variety around the humanities and social sciences overlaying: social thought; concept and financial switch; political concept; jurisprudence;anthropological thought; psychoanalytic conception; theories of gender; lesbian concept; postmodern and cultural conception; black idea; literary concept; linguistic theories; media and picture thought; postcolonial conception; views on technological know-how; theorising the non-public; methodologies/epistemologies; and women's reviews.

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Nonetheless Delphy and Leonard retain a commitment to structural analysis which is less evident in newer approaches. What has made these newer approaches possible is a re-visioning of Marxism through the lens of postmodernism, a questioning of the ways in which it has represented capitalism. Where earlier Marxist feminists took Marxism's account of capitalism as given, now it is seen as a discursive construction, a particular representation of the world rather than a sacrosanct, unquestionable 'truth'.

In fact one has to < previous page page_45 next page > < previous page page_46 next page > Page 46 ask if the very criteria of non-material knowledge and information for workers exclude women, that is, that these are gendered criteria. The de-materialisation of work and of workers may, in other words, be an important but neglected dimension of the gendered nature of both individualisation and the current round of traditionalisation. In all this what is perhaps most striking is that 'non-market', 'non-cash-nexus' forms of work, which women have a long history of performing but which has not been remunerated, are now emerging as occupational resources for men workers which may be exchanged in reflexive economies.

There has also been a recent, renewed interest in political economy, in particular with analyses of women's household production (Folbre 1994; Fraad et al. 1994; Gibson-Graham 1996). These new analyses, while Marxist in orientation, are less concerned with macro-level analysis of economic and social structures than with contextualised and localised processes and practices. As a result of this shift it has become possible to think what was previously unthinkable in Marxist circles: that women's work in the home is productive, that household production entails exploitation and hence a class relationship between women as producers and men as appropriators of their wives' surplus labour.

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