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Nancy Fraser on Feminism and Neo-liberalism

In the last decade or so an increasing number of theorists and scholars working on gender and sexuality have started paying attention to the relation between gender, sexuality, and capitalism, and to the intersection of gender oppression, class exploitation and racism. This has been a welcome turn in the feminist and gender debate, after decades in which the analysis of the construction of gender had been generally abstracted from a critique of capitalism. Nancy Fraser stresses in an article, just published in The Guardian, the necessity to fight the cooptation of feminist discourse by neo-liberal capitalism and to integrate “the struggle to transform a status order premised on masculinist cultural values with the struggle for economic justice.” Her book, Fortunes of Feminism (Verso 2013), more deeply explores these problems .

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