Marxism and the Oppression of Women

Toward a Unitary Theory

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Nearly thirty years after its initial publication, Marxism and the Oppression of Women remains an essential contribution to the development of an integrative theory of gender oppression under capitalism. Lise Vogel revisits classical Marxian texts, tracking analyses of “the woman question” in socialist theory and drawing on central theoretical categories of Marx's Capital to open up an original theorisation of gender and the social production and reproduction of material life. Included in this edition are Vogel's article, “Domestic Labor Revisited” (originally published in Science & Society in 2000) which extends and clarifies her main theoretical innovations, and a new Introduction by Susan Ferguson and David McNally situating Vogel's work in the trajectory of Marxist-feminist thought over the past forty years.

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Biographical Note

Lise Vogel, a veteran of the U.S. civil-rights and women’s-liberation movements, is Professor (retired) of Sociology at Rider University and the author of numerous books and articles. Before becoming a sociologist, she had an earlier career in art history.

Susan Ferguson, Ph.D. (1996), Wilfrid Laurier University, is Associate Professor of Contemporary Studies and Journalism at the Brantford, Ontario campus of that university. She has published in the area of socialist feminism, children's culture, and journalism studies.

David McNally, Ph.D. (1983) is Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto and the author of six books, including Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (Brill, Historical Materialism Book Series, 2011).

Table of contents

Capital, Labour-Power, and Gender-Relations: Introduction to the Historical Materialism Edition of Marxism and the Oppression of Women, Susan Ferguson and David McNally

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Introduction

PART ONE: SOCIALIST FEMINISM
2. A Decade of Debate
3. Socialist Feminism and the Woman-Question

PART TWO: MARX AND ENGELS
4. Early Views
5. Marx: The Mature Years
6. Engels: A Defective Formulation

PART THREE: THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT
7. The Second International
8. Toward Revolution

PART FOUR: FROM THE WOMAN-QUESTION TO WOMEN’S LIBERATION
9. A Dual Legacy
10. The Reproduction of Labour-Power
11 Beyond Domestic Labour

Appendix. Domestic Labour Revisited

References
Index

Readership

Scholars, students and activists interested in feminist and socialist theory, the history of socialism and feminism, and those involved in contemporary social justice movements.

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