By Gillian Howie (auth.)
In her most recent e-book, Gillian Howie bargains a daring new option to make feel of the connection among feminist idea and capitalism. This intriguing mix of existentialism, phenomenology, and demanding idea offers a proactive feminism able to reply to the demanding situations offered through our completely smooth times.
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Extra info for Between Feminism and Materialism: A Question of Method
Without delving into a theory of sexuality or Wilhelm Reich’s repressive hypothesis, I think we can still pluck out ways to consider the relationship between exploitation and sex, as well as between sexuality and estrangement within capitalism. 40 For instance, a sex worker sells a service, directly or indirectly, to a client. Where it is indirect, such as in a brothel, the worker sells labor-power, surplus-value is extracted and there is exploitation. Where it is a direct relationship, there is no deviation between values returned and the values created, and so no exploitation.
11 However, the concept “ideology” designates neither falsehood nor a coherent and total set of beliefs. Quite the contrary, working at the level of appearance, the term designates something actual but incomplete—a realm of ongoing contestation and negotiation. That 38 BETWEEN FEMINISM AND MATERIALISM said, my primary claim is that (to some extent) commodity exchange, together with its structural consequences, is able to influence the inner and outer life of society. This chapter does not focus on the epistemic relationship between objectivity and the object world, although I will touch on it, but concentrates instead on the problem of objectivity to ask whether or not the concept of reification catches all the component features iterated as objectivism.
David Harvey suggests that over-accumulation is one of the outcomes within capitalist production that the culture of capitalism must seek to absorb or to manage. It has managed it through flexible accumulation. 46 The Productivist Paradigm The description of embodied, world-making, productive, and active subjects is familiar within feminist theory. As we have discussed, Marx’s political economy, as articulated in Capital, explains exchange-values and prices not only of commodities but also of this productive activity.
Between Feminism and Materialism: A Question of Method by Gillian Howie (auth.)