Gender and Capitalism: Debating Cinzia Arruzza’s “Remarks on Gender”

Hannah Höch, The Beautiful Girl, 1920
Han­nah Höch, The Beau­ti­ful Girl, 1920

Remarks on Gender | Cinzia Arruzza

We often use the term patri­archy to under­score that gen­der oppres­sion is a phenom­e­non not reducible to inter­per­sonal rela­tions, but rather has a more soci­etal char­ac­ter and con­sis­tency. How­ever, things become a bit more com­pli­cated if we want to be more pre­cise about what exact­ly is meant by “patri­archy” and “patri­ar­chal sys­tem.” And this move becomes even more com­plex when we begin to ask about the pre­cise rela­tion­ship between patri­archy and cap­i­tal­ism.

Capitalism and Gender Oppression:  Remarks on Cinzia Arruzza’s “Remarks on Gender” | Johanna Oksala

It may not be enough to find new answers to the old ques­tion of what is the “orga­niz­ing prin­ci­ple” con­nect­ing patri­archy and cap­i­tal­ism. We may have to pose com­plete­ly new ques­tions.

The Intersectional Conundrum and the Nation-State | Sara R. Farris

The nation-state could be the lens through which we can try to see the neces­si­ty of gen­dered and racial oppres­sion, along­side class exploita­tion, as pre­con­di­tions and not only con­se­quences of cap­i­tal accu­mu­la­tion.

Closing the Conceptual Gap: A Response to Cinzia Arruzza’s “Remarks on Gender” | FTC Manning

If we are tru­ly com­mit­ted to a rig­or­ous and uni­fy­ing the­o­ry of cap­i­tal, we must con­sid­er the pos­si­bil­i­ty that race and gen­der are as log­i­cal­ly nec­es­sary as class is to the cap­i­tal­ist mode of pro­duc­tion.

Logic or History? The Political Stakes of Marxist-Feminist Theory | Cinzia Arruzza

Spec­i­fy­ing the rela­tion­ship between the log­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal dimen­sions of cap­i­tal­ism is one of the most con­tro­ver­sial prob­lems in Marx­ist the­o­ry, and one about which I am very uncer­tain. But, as this is the point of con­tention between Oksala, Far­ris, Man­ning and myself, I will address a set of con­cerns per­tain­ing to this prob­lem which is rel­e­vant to the cen­tral issues at stake: whether or not we can claim that gen­der oppres­sion is a nec­es­sary fea­ture of cap­i­tal­ism and, if so, at what lev­el of abstrac­tion can we make that claim.

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