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Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism

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Fourteen provocative papers on the oppression of women in capitalist countries, coupled with three articles on the subordinate position of women in two communist countries (Cuba and China). These important, often path-breaking articles are arranged in five basic sections, the titles of which indicate the broad range of issues being considered: Introduction; motherhood, rep ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published December 1st 1978 by Monthly Review Press (first published 1978)
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Christy
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An "oldie but goldie" I'm packing up to sell off (the metaphor of it all!) but flipping through it again this is still an excellent read on the subjugation of women. This edited collection is mostly articles about female subjugation and exploitation of women in capitalist countries but also has several on women in the 80s in socialist countries (Cuba and China, specifically). The through line is that while traditional sex roles and the gendered division of labor in families do keep women subjuga ...more
Stephanie
This book definitely shows its age in some instances-- while it includes the statement from the Combahee River Collective, it also includes essays that attempt to provide a "historical overview" of women's socialization as monolithic, with no intersectional frame. Nonetheless, the first section is still all too relevant, showing the shortcomings of both "radical" feminism and orthodox marxism, or rather, where they invite one to read nuances and find a bridging point.
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Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Liked: some stellar, ground-breaking and hence much-referenced essays lie within. get it straight from the horses mouth, as they say.. Disliked: published 1979. some undesirably intense marxist analysis at inappropriate moments. totally ignores intersections of womens oppression and race.. eisenstein pulls together an excellent compilation of essays, the common threads of which are clearly laid out in her introduction. although many feminists are moving away from the dual systems approach --whic ...more
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Zillah Eisenstein is Professor of Politics at Ithaca College in New York. She has written feminist theory in North America for the past twenty-five years. Her writing is an integral part of her political activism. She writes in order to share and learn with, and from, others engaged in political struggles for social justice. She writes about her work building coalitions across women’s differences: ...more
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