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Fortunes of Feminism. From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis

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Charts the history of women’s liberation and calls for a revitalized feminism.

Nancy Fraser’s major new book traces the feminist movement’s evolution since the 1970s and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist thought and action.

During the ferment of the New Left, “Second Wave” feminism emerged as a struggle for women’s liberation and took its place alon
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Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Nancy Fraser is without a doubt one of the most original and exciting critical theorists of our time.
Premise: the current crisis of neoliberal capitalism is altering the landscape of feminist theory, i.e., feminist theorists cannot avoid the question of capitalist society (I wish!).
In her ten essays in three parts (all great reads) which span 25 years of her writing, she traces the radical origins of second wave feminism which sought to enrich rather than supplant Marxism/materialist paradigms
Apr 16, 2014 added it
don't feel like i can really offer a rating on this because a lot of it went straight over my head. i was expecting it to be a little more aimed at laypersons, and it really, really isn't - incredibly dense text that i struggled to parse, no doubt because i have basically no education in sociology. so i struggled with the technical terms, i guess. on the few moments that i could grasp the gist, it seemed comprehensive, literate, powerful. but for the most part i had trouble keeping up. ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a good collection if you don't understand what feminism and neoliberalism have to do with each other. However, it is very strange that Fraser co-wrote an entire essay on the rhetoric surrounding welfare "dependency" and did not examine or even refer to the similar rhetoric about disability payments and/or SSDI. Feminist theory seems to CONSISTENTLY leave out disability and disabled people, which is a shame--but the absence is even clearer in this collection. Given that there are many fem ...more
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm always a little disappointed when a single-authored book turns out to be a collection of essays. But the articles collected here build beautifully on each other, constituting a sweeping analysis of the historically ambiguous relationship between feminism and capitalism over the past half-century – with a respectful but spectacularly devastating takedown of Judith Butler an added bonus. ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some writers circle gently around an argument, inviting the reader to figure it out well before it's spelled out explicitly. Nancy Fraser does not do that. This is an impressive collection of essays which leaps for the throat, tearing through philosophers and generally coming out on top. She does a superb job of challenging the work of both Judith Butler and the Lacanians. I agree with most of Fraser's conclusions: the chapter on dependency (co-authored with a historian, which shows) is excellen ...more
Some of the ideas and essays in this book have so thoroughly restructured the way I think about gender and labor, especially reproductive labor, that I can't remember what it was like not to have read it. Amazing, incredible, work, especially the following essays:

- "A Genealogy of Dependency: Tracing a Keyword of the US Welfare State" - a how-to manual for how Democrats and Republicans successfully dismantled a social safety network by twisting words and meaning
- "After the Family Wage: A Postin
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
Some essays in this collection are better than others (I personally skipped over most of the first chapter on Habermasian philosophy, while I found the chapters on "dependency", the family wage, and feminist politics "in the age of recognition" particularly useful). Overall an important read that shows how feminism, which once drew upon Marxist thinking, can and must be reconciled with political economy. Also great for anyone interested in the problem of "identity politics": Fraser asserts that ...more
Emma Sea
Aug 27, 2015 marked it as non-fiction-to-read
NTS: requested via library
Amazing, though not for those with low comfort with or little patience for "academic writing", as I can see from previous reviews.

I was disappointed at first to realize that this was a collection of essays written over the last 25 years, rather than a cohesive piece analyzing the development of feminism. You're often thrown into the middle of a debate about a specific topic, for example Lacanian symbolicism, with little context. However, what emerges from this collection of detailed analyses, is
Benjamin Eskola
This book is actually a collection of essays, and so its quality is slightly variable; although there is an overarching theme with several of the essays building on those which came before, in places it can be repetitive and in others it feels disconnected. At times, also, it could be excessively philosophical: critiques of Habermas and Kristeva were mostly over my head, having read no Habermas and almost no Kristeva; and the language used in places is oddly linguistic (the author talks, for exa ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging introduction to feminist theory, the weaving-in of socialist theory throughout provided for a very rich understanding of why any just liberating movement must run along economic, political and cultural lines in tandem.

Stand-out essays for me were 'A Genealogy of "Dependency"' and 'Feminist Politics in the Age of Recognition'. In both there were truly exciting moments as things clicked that are now intuitive in the language used by the left of society.

Through all the essays it's int
Lauren Kennedy
As someone else has said, I don't feel I could give an honest review of this book other than to say it felt like wading through treacle. I do have some (not a lot of) sociological and philosophical knowledge, as well as a little understanding of the history of feminism, and I still struggled. Critical Theory is known for being impenetrable, and this is no exception, sadly.

Perhaps for the more knowledgeable on crit theory! I'm sure enjoyable for others, with some incisive analysis, it's clearly a
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Wanted an introductory book on feminist theory and its development. This book had all the theory, but none of the introduction that I needed. I struggled in many parts, especially those that seemed geared toward supporting/refuting philosophers I had never read, or in some cases heard of.

There were essays covering three distinct eras of feminist thought in the 20th Century. I think I understand the way the essays were organized, but the essays themselves and their arguments were harder for me t
Charlie Sanjaya
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fortune of Feminism is a thoroughly great read. More than ever, we need a feminism that is critical to neoliberalism yet able to explore alternative beyond tamed capitalism under social democratic model. The last chapter is especially important and highly recommended to be a central question we need to ask as a movement.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessante, forse a tratti poco scorrevole. La prima parte è molto teorica, adatta a chi ha una buona base filosofica (soprattutto Habermas). L'ultima è un po' ripetitiva, mentre quella centrale è un excursus storico fatto molto bene.
La Fraser sa di cosa parla e come spiegarlo.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 - a difficult read without a really solid background in social philosophy and critical theory.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Necessario. Una riflessione sul ruolo della donna e il progressivo abbandono dello stato.
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read. A very good summary and a brilliant analysis of the feminism, it's history and it's possible future. ...more
Nathan  Fisher
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I didn't find this a particularly well-selected or structured collection -- at times, begging for elaboration; at others, noticeably redundant -- but Fraser remains a clear-headed and bold thinker; while I think some of her attempts to 'unify' disparate tendencies remains incomplete, some of the work here is fantastic -- particularly the sections on competing notions of social 'needs,' the genealogy of notions of 'dependency,' her uncompromising corrective to certain Lacanian feminists, and her ...more
Georgina Jiménez
Nancy Fraser es indispensable para analizar críticamente el (los) feminismo(s) y el concepto de justicia desde una mirada de interseccionalidad.
En algunos momentos el libro tiende a repetirse (entendible en una colección de ensayos escritos a lo largo del desarrollo de sus propias teorías) pero es un excelente desarrollo cronológico de cómo las intenciones, los fines y las interpretaciones del feminismo y la justicia van cambiando de acuerdo al encuadre ideológico predominante; los errores que
Sara Salem
Last time I read a book that is a collection of essays just thrown together. Her intro was brilliant which is why I decided to read the book, only to find out that the chapters don't match because they are all essays on different topics and are not brought together well. Sad, since her work is so important. ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This rating reflects the poor selection of essays that make up this collection, rather than a judgement on Frasers writing as such, which probably can't be ranked by stars! ...more
Lechiot Volant
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bon aperçu historique. La critique du féminisme de 2ème vague est intéressante. Moins convaincue par les concepts de justice sociale et de reconnaissance trop moraux à mon goût
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Nancy Fraser is an American critical theorist, currently the Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science and professor of philosophy at The New School in New York City. Fraser earned her PhD in philosophy from the CUNY Graduate Center and taught in the philosophy department at Northwestern University for many years before moving to the New School.

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