Feminism and Materialism (RLE Feminist Theory): Women and Modes of Production, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0203094085
  • ISBN-13: 9780203094082
  • DDC: 305.4201
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 344 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released February 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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These original essays are planned to provide a coherent basis for an understanding of women's social and historical situation. This achieved by outlining the foundation of a systematic approach to an analysis of women's relationship to modes of production and reproduction within a materialist framework. The essays, each with a brief editorial introduction, deal with issues and perspectives brought increasingly to the fore in recent years, not only in the women's movement but in the social sciences generally. The articles are wide-ranging, covering such issues as patriarchy, paid and unpaid labour and the state. The centrality of two of the major themes – the family and the labour process – suggests that an understanding of women's situation is necessarily based on an analysis of the structures of production and reproduction. The authors' aim in producing Feminism and Materialism is to confront systematically theoretical issues current in the developing area of women's studies, while recognising that this must constitute a critique of existing theoretical frameworks. The book will be of interest to teachers and students in the social sciences and in women's studies, as well as to all those who wish to develop an understanding of what a materialist approach to feminism might be.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
1: Feminism and Materialism.
2: Patriarchy and Relations of Production.
3: Structures of Patriarchy and Capital in the Family.
4: Church, State, and Family: The Women's Movement in Italy.
5: Sexual Division of Labour: The Case of Nursing.
6: Modes of Appropriation and the Sexual Division of Labour: A Case Study From Oaxaca, Mexico.
7: Women and Production: A Critical Analysis of Some Sociological Theories of Women's Work.
8: Domestic Labour and Marx's Theory of Value.
9: Women, Sex, and Class.
10: The State and the Oppression of Women.
11: Education and the Sexual Division of Labour.