By Stevi Jackson, Jackie Jones
This textbook advent to present feminist theories maps the improvement of feminist concept and indicates destiny instructions. Reflecting the range of feminist thought, and its a number of practices and ways, the chapters variety around the humanities and social sciences overlaying: social idea; concept and financial switch; political idea; jurisprudence;anthropological idea; psychoanalytic thought; theories of gender; lesbian conception; postmodern and cultural idea; black thought; literary conception; linguistic theories; media and picture concept; postcolonial thought; views on technology; theorising the non-public; methodologies/epistemologies; and women's experiences.
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We have also recognised that the idea of a unitary, fixed, rational self is not tenable, that it does not match the complexities and contradictions of our lived experience as women and as feminists. Since postmodern theories speak to these concerns, it is perhaps not surprising that feminists have been attracted to them. Materialist feminists, too, have sometimes drawn on aspects of postmodern theorising but have remained wary of its tendency to discount the world of 'things' in favour of'words' (Jackson 1992b).
Women and Revolution: the Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism, London: Pluto Press. Hennessy, Rosemary (1993) Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse, New York and London: Routledge. Humphries, Jane (1977) 'Class struggle and the persistence of the working class family', Cambridge Journal of Economics, 1: 241-58. Jackson, Stevi (1992a) 'Towards a historical sociology of housework', Women's Studies International Forum, 15(2): 153-72. Jackson, Stevi (1992b) 'The amazing deconstructing woman', Trouble and Strife, 25: 25-31.
In this chapter I have indicated that a number of processes may be key in this restructuring. These include the de-materialisation of labour (and especially criteria of work involving knowledge and information), individualisation, traditionalisation and de-traditionalisation. But I have also stressed that what appears to be at issue in terms of these processes is a new bifurcation of the social in terms of gender. This bifurcation takes expression in, for example, the apparent intensification of women's servicing in the domestic sphere in relation to reflexive economies, the continued construction of women in the labour market as a group of workers, 'women', and men's ability to be self-regulating agents, capable of exchanging non-market, non-cash-nexus goods and participating in workplace communities.