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Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History
Lecture by Nancy Fraser

by Nicolas Duvoux , 25 August 2009

In this lecture, Nancy Fraser situates the feminist’s movement in relation to three moments in the history of capitalism. First, the movement’s beginnings are located in the context of “state-organized capitalism.” Then, she considers the process of feminism’s evolution in the dramatically changed social context of rising neoliberalism. Finally, she contemplates the

possible reorientation of feminism in the present context of capitalist crisis and US political realignment, which could start a shift from neoliberalism to a new form of social organization.

Nancy Fraser is a Professor of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research. She is also the editor of Constellations, An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory.

This lecture took place during the French Sociology Association Congress, in Paris, in April 2009.

Nancy Fraser
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Dossier(s) :
Violences et société

by Nicolas Duvoux, 25 August 2009

Further reading

 New School University :

 Nancy Fraser’s page on NSU website

 Constellations, An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory.

 Nancy Fraser, Rethinking Recognition, New Left Review, May-June 2000.

 Association française de sociologie

To quote this article :

Nicolas Duvoux, « Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History. Lecture by Nancy Fraser », Books and Ideas , 25 August 2009. ISSN : 2105-3030. URL :

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