Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History: An Introduction

Working paper de Nancy Fraser

An introduction to my forthcoming book, this essay takes a broad, sweeping look at second-wave feminism, situating the movement's unfolding in relation to three moments in the history of capitalism. In the first moment, feminism posed a radical challenge to the pervasive androcentrism of "state-organized capitalism". In the second, the movement unwittingly supplied a key ingredient of what Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello call the "new spirit" of neoliberal capitalism. In the third (present) moment, of capitalist crisis, feminists have the chance to reactivate the movement's emancipatory promise.

The author

Nancy Fraser is the Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. Currently Einstein Vˆisiting ‚Fellow at the ‚Free ‰University of Berlin, she holds the Chair "Rethinking social justice in a globalizing world" at the Collège d'études mondiales, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.


Nancy Fraser. Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History: An Introduction. FMSH-WP-2012-17. 2012.<halshs-00725055>


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23 August 2012

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