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Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labour

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This now classic book traces the social origins of the sexual division of labor. It gives a history of the related processes of colonization and "housewifization" and extends this analysis to the contemporary new international division of labor and the role that women have to play as the cheapest producers and consumers. First published in 1986, it was hailed as a major pa ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 9th 1999 by Zed Books (first published 1986)
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I've only glanced through this and read a small excerpt form the middle, but it seems like a really excellent and unbelievably sweeping overview of the development of the world economy from a feminist and neo-Marxist perspective. The piece that I read illustrated how the construction of nuclear families and housewife status in Europe was tightly linked with the imposition of patriarchy and social disintegration in the colonies. She includes some really stunning quotes from primary sources showin ...more
An astounding achievement. Patriarchy and Capital Accumulation and Imperialist colonizations of all sorts across the globe and 'at home' are a continuum. A 'twisting' deformation and dysfunction of our humanity that may very well destroy our habitats and the habitats of so many more species.
One of the most important books I've read. Unfortunately awful title might conceal an engagingly written merger of radical feminism, ecology, and world systems theory.
Quin Rich
An interesting but ultimately underwhelming and dated account of the interrelation between global capitalism, patriarchy, and environmental destruction. While Mies' project is ambitious and at points compelling, it falls flat at several key points. In particular, she is generally dismissive of the historical force of white supremacy (speaking only briefly about race and focusing on a first/third world dichotomy that neglects racial inequality within each sphere), antagonistic to the rights of se ...more
Reginald Simms
Author starts with a history of and then definition of feminism. The next chapter gives a narrative of how we got to this point so far and explains the theory of man the hunter and woman the gather as the origin of the mode of production which has led to the current system of patriarchy. In the next few chapters the different kinds of oppression existing in the "First World and "Third Word" or the overdeveloped countries and the underdeveloped countries are placed in juxtaposition to each other ...more
For being an academic book, Mies writes clearly and uses very concrete examples that make her point easy to understand. This book is central to my research, but anyone interested in seeing history in a new way can really appreciate it. My only complaint is that chapter after chapter is a little redundant. This is a book that you could really just read the second and third chapters to summarize her argument.
This is an excellent and comprehensive analysis of the connections between colonialism, environmental degradation, and the exploitation of women. Her assessment of the shortcomings of Marxian theory are satisfying, and extremely important for those who dream of a truly egalitarian socialism.

My only reservations come from her proposed intermediary steps. I don't think consumer boycotts will be an effective tactic for overthrowing the global system of Capitalist-Patriarchy
excellent book - regarding development (global) and its connections to patriarchy. a changing book for me - read it with my fave professor.
Links together patterns of capitalist accumulation with the oppression of women and colonized people everywhere.
Still a classic hat must be cited in discussion on "the" topic
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