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Political philosophy and feminist theory have rarely examined in detail how capitalism affects the lives of women. Ann Cudd and Nancy Holmstrom take up opposing sides of the issue, debating whether capitalism is valuable as an ideal and whether as an actually existing economic system it is good for women. In a discussion covering a broad range of social and economic issues, including unequal pay, industrial reforms and sweatshops, they examine how these and other issues relate to women and how effectively to analyze what constitutes ‘capitalism' and ‘women's interests'. Each author also responds to the opposing arguments, providing a thorough debate of the topics covered. The resulting volume will interest a wide range of readers in philosophy, political theory, women's studies and global affairs.Read more
- Explores capitalism through a unique perspective incorporating political philosophy and feminist theory
- Provides thorough arguments from each proponent and responses to those arguments
- Examines a broad range of economic concerns from domestic labour to international trade issues
Reviews & endorsements
"… lively and well-written contributions draw on and deploy many arguments and distinctions familiar within contemporary political philosophy, set out in a pleasingly non-technical fashion … this book could serve as an introduction to a range of contemporary debates, not only concerning the definition and fortunes of capitalism, but also the analysis of freedom, the justification of private property, and the difficulties of collective rationality, among other key issues … an excellent account of the issues."
Jonathan Wolff, Notre Dame Philosophical ReviewsSee more reviews
"… should be widely read, discussed, and debated …"
Julie P. Torrant, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
"Cudd and Holmstrom grapple with the issue of whether capitalism and women’s interests can coincide … an interesting book written by two splendid analytical minds with a great passion for women’s rights … this volume will be of critical interest to anyone studying feminist political philosophy. It will be an invaluable introduction for students of gender studies, sociology, politics, and political economy."
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- Date Published: February 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521132114
- length: 362 pages
- dimensions: 226 x 150 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.56kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. For Capitalism as a Feminist Ideal and Reality Ann Cudd:
2. The empirical case for capitalism as an actually existing system
3. The theoretical explanation of capitalism's success
4. Feminist critiques of capitalism
6. Enlightened capitalism: a feminist capitalist manifesto
Part II. Against Capitalism as Theory and as Reality Nancy Holmstrom:
8. Capitalism in theory: ideals and limits
9. Capitalism in reality
10. Human interests are women's interests
11. Conclusion. What is the alternative and what should feminists do now?
Part III. Responses:
12. Ann Cudd's reply to Nancy Holmstrom
13. Nancy Holmstrom's reply to Ann Cudd.
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- Globalization and Gender
- Intro to Philosophy & Social Justice
- Liberalism and Its Critics
- Topics in Moral and Political Philosophy
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