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The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems : An Intersectional Political Economy

Folbre, Nancy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Verso Books (N/A)
Published: February 16, 2021
ISBN: 9781786632951
320 pages, none
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£19.99

A major new work of feminism from the MacArthur Award winning economist

Why do patriarchal systems survive? In this groundbreaking work of feminist theory, Nancy Folbre examines the contradictory effects of capitalist development. She explains why the work of caring for others is under-valued and under-rewarded in today’s global economy, calling attention to the organisation of childrearing, the care of other dependants, and the inheritance of assets. Upending conventional definitions of the economy based only on the market, Folbre emphasizes the production of human capabilities in families and communities and the social reproduction of group solidarities. Highlighting the complexity of hierarchical systems and their implications for political coalitions, The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems sets a new feminist agenda for the twenty-first century.

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