The Fortunes of Feminism
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The Fortunes of Feminism : From Women's Liberation to Identity Politics to Anti-Capitalism

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Nancy Fraser's powerful new book documents the "movements of feminism" and the shifts in the feminist imaginary since the 1970s. Fraser follows the history of feminism from the ferment of the New Left, during which "Second Wave" feminism emerged as a struggle for women's liberation alongside other social movements, to its emersion in identity politics following the decline of its initial utopian energies. Alongside this detailed history, Fraser recognizes the need for a reinvigorated feminist radicalism to respond to the crisis in neoliberalism. She argues for a feminism that could join other egalitarian movements in struggles aimed at subjecting capitalism to democratic control, while retrieving the core utopian insights of feminism's earlier phases.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Verso Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1844679845
  • 9781844679843
  • 69,568

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"Nancy Fraser is among the very few thinkers in the tradition of critical theory who are capable of redeeming its legacy in the twenty-first century." - Axel Honneth "For more than a decade, Nancy Fraser's thought has helped to reframe the agenda of critical theory." - Etienne Balibar "Nancy Fraser challenges us to reactivate the audacious spirit of second-wave feminism. Analyzing an imaginary aimed at eradicating exploitation as well as subjugation, she offers a rousing conclusion as to how we might mobilize feminism's best energies against the perils of the neoliberal present." - Lynne Segal "Nancy Fraser is one of the most creative social philosophers and critical theorists of her generation." - Cornel West "Fortunes of Feminism goes a long way in bringing together Fraser's substantial body of work on redistribution and recognition [...]. Scholars interested in these themes will find this invaluable - or at least they should." - Gwendolyn Beetham, THES "Fraser asks: What became of feminism in the wake of the neoliberal turn?...This book is required reading for feminists of all persuasions, and for a broader audience of left readers who want to get an overview of feminist political and philosophical debates...[Fraser] helps us think about the crucial question of where the women's movements in all of their varieties are going. Equally crucially, she helps us to ask what the relationship of such movements is, should be, or could be, to the left broadly defined, in an era in which war and austerity threaten all of the modest social justice gains of the Golden Age." - Hester Eisenstein, Science and Society

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About Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser is Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research and holder of a Chaire Blaise Pascal at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. Her books include Redistribution or Recognition: A Political-Philosophical Exchange (with Axel Honneth), Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition, and Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory.

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