By G. Howie
Among Feminism and Materialism is a daring try to make feel of the connection among feminist thought and capitalism. Addressing a couple of philosophical difficulties that experience engaged feminists during the last few decades--universals and cause, nature and essentialism, identification and non-identity, intercourse and gender, energy and patriarchy, neighborhood and global--this leading edge ebook breaks via feminist waves and explains the paradoxes of feminist thought via demonstrating the on-going relevance of dialectics and the suggestions of exploitation, ideology, and reification. Drawing on first, moment, and 3rd "waves" of feminist conception, this interesting blend of existentialism, phenomenology, and significant concept supplies a proactive feminism able to reply to the demanding situations provided through our completely smooth instances.
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The apparently simple predication of value, according to Marx, disguises an important social fact. 33 Given that the value of any commodity is only the sum of past and present labor, measured in units of time socially necessary to the production of the object, an explanation has to be offered for the difference in magnitudes, and for the apparent generation of extra values. Marx contends that the value of past labor (machinery, materials) is simply transferred to the new commodity, which would only leave present labor capable of adding value, that is, current labor produces values additional to the value of “dead” labor in the system of production.
Given the first point, there will obviously be a problem with the idea of a “true” consciousness and true correspondence. 11 However, the concept “ideology” designates neither falsehood nor a coherent and total set of beliefs. Quite the contrary, working at the level of appearance, the term designates something actual but incomplete—a realm of ongoing contestation and negotiation. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 OBJECTIVITY BETWEEN FEMINISM AND MATERIALISM said, my primary claim is that (to some extent) commodity exchange, together with its structural consequences, is able to influence the inner and outer life of society.
It would be a near impossible task to summarize the ways in which Marx’s political economy has been rebuffed. For the sake of simplicity, I shall distinguish between four: preference for demand-supply economics; (related or unrelated to) inconsistencies within the economic theory; the post-fordist challenge to the description of the mode of production; and the feminist challenge to the principle of production. It is this last point that will open up Marxism in a way that can begin to address both the rather stable features and alterations of the political and social landscape identified in the “third wave” feminist work Catching a Wave.