fem econ orgs
wbg.org.uk women’s budget group – for a gender equal future
feministeconomics.net Feminist Economics Net
iaffe.org Feminist Economics – Transforming Tomorrow
sup.org 2018 The Time of Money by Lisa Adkins
> Politics, Political Economy, Philosophy, Social Theory, Sociology, Sociology, Race, Class, Gender
Speculation is often associated with financial practices, but The Time of Money makes the case that it not be restricted to the financial sphere. It argues that the expansion of finance has created a distinctive social world, one that demands a speculative stance toward life in general. Replacing a logic of extraction, speculation changes our relationship to time and organizes our social worlds to maximize the productive capacities of populations around flows of money for finance capital. Speculative practices have become a matter of survival, and defining features of our age are hardwired to their operations—stagnant wages, indebtedness, the centrality of women’s earnings to the household, workfarism, and more. Examining five features of our contemporary economy, Lisa Adkins reveals the operations of this speculative rationality. Moving beyond claims that indebtedness is intrinsic to contemporary life and vague declarations that the social world has become financialized, Adkins delivers a precise examination of the relation between finance and society, one that is rich in empirical and analytical detail.
Feminist economic researchers include academics, activists, policy theorists, and practitioners. Much feminist economic research focuses on topics that have been neglected in the field, such as care work, intimate partner violence, or on economic theories which could be improved through better incorporation of gendered effects and interactions, such as between paid and unpaid sectors of economies. Other feminist scholars have engaged in new forms of data collection and measurement such as the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM), and more gender-aware theories such as the capabilities approach. Feminist economics is oriented towards the goal of “enhancing the well-being of children, women, and men in local, national, and transnational communities.”
Feminist economists call attention to the social constructions of traditional economics, questioning the extent to which it is positive and objective, and showing how its models and methods are biased by an exclusive attention to masculine-associated topics and a one-sided favoring of masculine-associated assumptions and methods. While economics traditionally focused on markets and masculine-associated ideas of autonomy, abstraction and logic, feminist economists call for a fuller exploration of economic life, including such “culturally feminine” topics such as family economics, and examining the importance of connections, concreteness, and emotion in explaining economic phenomena.
Many scholars including Ester Boserup, Marianne Ferber, Julie A. Nelson, Marilyn Waring, Nancy Folbre, Diane Elson, Barbara Bergmann and Ailsa McKay have contributed to feminist economics. Waring’s 1988 book If Women Counted is often regarded as the “founding document” of the discipline. By the 1990s feminist economics had become sufficiently recognised as an established subfield within economics to generate book and article publication opportunities for its practitioners.
amazon.de 1999 Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labour – by Maria Mies
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 which women have to play as the cheapest producers and consumers. First published in 1986, it was hailed as a major paradigm shift for feminist theory. Eleven years on, Maria Mies’ theory of capitalist patriarchy has become even more relevant. In this new edition she both applies to her theory to the new, globalized world and answers her critics.
goodreads.com 2004 Caliban and the Witch – by Silvia Federici
Caliban and the Witch is a history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization.
“It is both a passionate work of memory recovered and a hammer of humanity’s agenda.” Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged”
economiesofcommoning.net 2017 WOMEN, REPRODUCTION, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF COMMONS by SILVIA FEDERICI
This video is an amazing talk by Italian feminist Silvia Federici at the Museum of Design and Art in NYC, where she argues for the importance of a feminist perspective on the commons. She brings in the concept of “reproduction” to critique the material and social conditions in which society reproduces itself. You can read a great summary of her talk here. Enjoy!
nytimes.com 2021 The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew. – Silvia Federici has been warning for decades of what happens when we undervalue domestic labor – by Jordan Kisner
evonomics.com 2017 Much of Economics is a Sham Science – We undermine our survival if we continue to imagine economics as a ethics-free and care-free sphere – by Julie Nelson
boell.de/pdf Die Zukunft, die wir wollen Eine feministische Perspektive von Christa Wichterich
“Das spezifisch Feministische der Systemkritik ist der scharfe Blick zum einen auf die Spaltung zwischen Sorge- und Erwerbsarbeit, zwischen Produktion und sozialer Reproduktion bzw. natürlicher Regeneration; zum zweiten auf die Krisen im Bereich sozialer Reproduktion; zum dritten die Kritik an der Verwobenheit
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