Patriarchy and Accumulation On A World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labour

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Palgrave Macmillan, 1998 - Business & Economics - 251 pages
This now classic book traces the social origins of the sexual division of labor. It gives a history of the related processes of colonization and "housewifization" and extends this analysis to the contemporary new international division of labor and the role that women have to play as the cheapest producers and consumers. First published in 1986, it was hailed as a major paradigm shift for feminist theory. Eleven years on, Maria Mies' theory of capitalist patriarchy has become even more relevant; 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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A stable flow of excellent analysis!The book hit all the right links in my head.Scholarship on to not-so-privilaged non-white peoples is welcome.


Preface to new edition
Fairweather Feminism?
Body Politics
Womens Work
Social Origins of the Sexual Division of Labour
Colonization and Housewifization
Women and the
Women as Breeders and Consumers
Some Examples
National Liberation and Womens Liberation

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About the author (1998)

Maria Mies is a sociologist and author of several books on women, economic sustainability and the environment as well as articles in numerous journals. After returning from many years in India, she became head of the Women's Studies Programme at the Institute of Social Sciences in the Hague, and subsequently Professor of Sociology at the achhochsch{umlaut}u in Cologne. Having retired from teaching in 1993, she continues to be active in a range of women's and environmental movements. She is currently writing on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment and, with Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, a book on the subsistence perspective (forthcoming from Zed Books in 1999).

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