Patriarchy and accumulation on a world scale : women in the international division of labour / Maria Mies ; with a foreword by Silvia Federici.

Mies, Maria [Browse]
3rd ed.
  • London : Zed Books, 2014.
  • ©2014
1 online resource (277 p.)


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A ground breaking theory of capitalist patriarchy explaining women's exploitation from the beginning.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed July 16, 2014).
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  • Front cover; critique influence change; About the author; Title; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Preface to the critique influence change edition; Violence, the secret of capitalist patriarchy; What is different today?; References; Introduction; 1 What is Feminism?; Where are we today?; Fair-weather Feminism?; What is New About Feminism? Continuities and Discontinuities; Continuities: Women's Liberation - A Cultural Affair?; Discontinuities: Body Politics; Discontinuities: A New Concept of Politics; Discontinuities: Women's Work; Concepts; Exploitation or Oppression/Subordination?
  • Capitalist-Patriarchy Overdeveloped-Underdeveloped Societies; Autonomy; Notes; 2 Social Origins of the Sexual Division of Labour; The Search for Origins Within a Feminist Perspective; Biased Concepts; Suggested Approach; Appropriation of Nature by Women and Men; Women's/Men's Appropriation of Their Own Bodies; Women's and Men's Object-Relation to Nature; Men's Object-Relation to Nature; Female Productivity as the Precondition of Male Productivity; The Myth of Man-the-Hunter; Women's Tools, Men's Tools; 'Man-the-Hunter' under Feudalism and Capitalism; Notes; 3 Colonization and Housewifization
  • The Dialectics of 'Progress and Retrogression' Subordination of Women, Nature and Colonies: The underground of capitalist patriarchy or civilized society; The Persecution of the Witches and the Rise of Modern Society: Women's productive record at the end of the Middle Ages; The Subordination and Breaking of the Female Body: Torture; Burning of Witches, Primitive Accumulation of Capital, and the Rise of Modern Science; Colonization and Primitive Accumulation of Capital; Women under Colonialism; Women under German Colonialism; White Women in Africa; Housewifization; Notes
  • 4 Housewifization International: Women and the New International Division of LabourInternational Capital Rediscovers Third World Women; Why Women?; Women as 'Breeders' and Consumers; Linkages: Some Examples; Conclusion; Notes; 5 Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Primitive Accumulation of Capital; Dowry-Murders; Amniocentesis and 'Femicide'; Rape; Analysis; Are men rapists by nature?; Conclusion; Notes; 6 National Liberation and Women's Liberation; Women in the 'Dual Economy'; The Soviet Union; China; Vietnam; Why are women mobilized for the national liberation struggle?
  • Why are women 'pushed back' again after the liberation struggle? Theoretical blind-alleys; Notes; 7 Towards a Feminist Perspective of a New Society; The case for a middle-class feminist movement; Basic Principles and Concepts; Towards a feminist concept of labour; An alternative economy; Intermediate steps; Autonomy over consumption; Autonomy over production; Struggles for human dignity; Notes; Bibliography; Index; Back cover
  • 1-350-34818-X
  • 1-78360-258-9
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