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

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

Paperback Critique. Influence. Change

By (author) Maria Mies

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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 22mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1783601698
  • ISBN 13: 9781783601691
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 504,415

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'It is my thesis that this general production of life, or subsistence production - mainly performed through the nonwage labour of women and other nonwage labourers as slaves, contract workers and peasants in the colonies - constitues the perennial basis upon which 'capitalist productive labour' can be built up and exploited'. First published in 1986, Maria Mies's progressive book was hailed as a major paradigm shift for feminist theory, and it remains a major contribution to development theory and practice today. Tracing the social origins of the sexual division of labour, it offers a history of the related processes of colonization and 'housewifization' and extends this analysis to the contemporary new international division of labour. Mies's theory of capitalist patriarchy has become even more relevant today. This new edition includes a substantial new introduction in which she both applies her theory to the new globalized world and answers her critics.

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Author information

Maria Mies is a Marxist feminist scholar who is renowned for her theory of capitalist patriarchy, which recognizes third world women and difference. She is a professor of sociology at Cologne University of Applied Sciences, but retired from teaching in 1993. Since the late 1960s she has been involved with feminist activism. In 1979, at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, she founded the Women and Development programme. Her other titles published by Zed Books include The Lace Makers of Narsapur (1982), Women: The Last Colony (1988), Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale (1999), The Subsistence Perspective (1999) and Ecofeminism (2014).

Review quote

'In Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale, Maria Mies drew connections between two structures of domination that had previously been viewed separately. In showing the convergence between patriarchy and capitalism, she has pushed intellectual boundaries, and has enriched feminism, women's struggles, and movements for social and economic justice. If you want to understand the roots of the economic crisis, and of violence against women, read this book. If you want to create alternatives and participate in shaping living economies, read this book. Patriarchy and Accumulation is essential reading for all, more so today than when it was first written.' - Dr. Vandana Shiva, founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology and director at the International Forum on Globalization 'Feminist theory at its very best.' - Off Our Backs 'Compelling. One of the most ambitious projects undertaken by a feminist scholar in recent years.' - Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS, University of London 'Maria Mies' vision is huge, the scale of her project breathtakingly bold.' - New Internationalist 'A major contribution to authentic development theory and practice. Women cannot hope for justice from a mode of production built on subordination either as housewife in the West or cheap labour in the third world. Mies produces an alternative feminist concept of labour and some strategic elements of its implementation. The critique is compelling.' - World Development

Table of contents

Foreword by Silvia Federici Preface to the critique influence change edition Introduction 1. What is Feminism? 2. Social Origins of the Sexual Division of Labour 3. Colonization and Housewifization 4. Housewifization International: Women and the International Division of Labour 5. Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Primitive Accumulation of Capital 6. National Liberation and Women's Liberation 7. Towards a Feminist Perspective of a New Society