Marxist-Feminist Theories and Struggles Today

Essential writings on Intersectionality, Labour and Ecofeminism

Edited by Khayaat Fakier, Diana Mulinari, and Nora Räthzel


Essential new analysis of capitalism as a gendered, racialized social formation that shapes, and is shaped by, specific nature-labour relationships, with perspectives from the global North and South.

This vital new collection presents new Marxist-Feminist analyses of Capitalism as a gendered, racialized social formation that shapes and is shaped by specific nature-labour relationships. Leaving behind former overtly structuralist thinking, Marxist-Feminist Theories and Struggles Today interweaves strands of ecofeminism and intersectional analyses to develop an understanding of the relations of production and the production of nature through the interdependencies of gender, class, race and colonial relations.

With contributions and analyses from scholars and theorists in both the global North and South, this volume offers a truly international lens that reveals the the vitality of contemporary global Marxist-Feminist thinking, as well as its continued relevance to feminist struggles across the globe.

Author Bio

Nora Räthzel is a Senior Professor in the Department of Sociology at Umeå University, Sweden

Diana Mulinari is a Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Lund University, Sweden

Khayaat Fakier is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosh University, South Africa.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Khayaat Fakier, Diana Mulinari, Nora Räthzel
  • Part I – Conceptualising
    • 1. Standpoint Theory – Cynthia Cockburn
    • 2. Outside in the Funding Machine - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
    • 3. Contradictions in Marxist Feminism – Frigga Haug
    • 4. Ecofeminism as (Marxist) Sociology – Ariel Salleh
    • 5. The ‘Flat Ontology’ of Neoliberal Feminism – Jennifer Cotter
    • 6. The Byzantine Eunuch: Pre-capitalist Gender Category, ‘Tributary’ Modal Contradiction, and a Test for Materialist Feminism – Jules Gleeson
    • 7. Reading Marx Against the Grain: Rethinking the Exploitation of Care Work Beyond Profit-Seeking – Tine Haubner
  • Part II – Production
    • 8. Marx and Social Reproduction Theory: Three Different Historical Strands - Ankica Čakardić
    • 9. The Best Thing I Have Done is to Give Birth; the Second is to Strike – Paula Mulinari
    • 10. Women in Small Scale Fishing in South Africa: An Ecofeminist Engagement with the ‘Blue Economy’ - Natasha Solari and Khayaat Fakier
    • 11. The ‘crisis of care’ and the neoliberal restructuring of the public sector – a feminist Polanyian analysis – Rebecca Selberg
    • 12. Gender Regimes and Women’s Labour: Volvo Factories in Sweden, Mexico, and South Africa - Nora Räthzel, Diana Mulinari , Aina Tollefsen
  • Part III – Religions and Politics
    • 13. Religious Resistance: A Flower on the Chain or a Tunnel towards Liberation?– Gabriele Dietrich
    • 14. A Marxist-Feminist Perspective: From Former Yugoslavia To Turbo Fascism to Neoliberal Postmodern Fascist Europe - Marina Gržinić
    • 15. Feminism, Antisemitism and the Question of Palestine/Israel – Nira Yuval Davis
  • Part IV – Solidarities
    • 16. Women in Brazilian's Trade Union Movement - Patricia Vieira Trópia
    • 17. Argentinean Feminist Movements: Debates from Praxis - Ana Isabel González Montes
    • 18. Marxist Feminism for a Global Women’s Movement Against Capitalism - Ligaya Lindio McGovern
    • 19. Marxist/Socialist Feminist Theory and Practice in the USA Today – Nancy Holmstrom  
    • 20. Solidarity in Troubled Times: Social Movements in the Face of Climate Change – Kathryn Russell


'This volume is a true intellectual and political treasure trove. It establishes beyond any doubt that Marxist-Feminist thought is a vital resource for the struggles ahead.'
Nancy Fraser, New School for Social Research

'Engaging with ideas of Marxism and Feminism among scholars and activists, this book is a rich source of arguments to rework both and bring Marxism and Feminist back to its historical and materialist premises in these "immaterial" neoliberal times.'
Radha D’Souza, University of Westminster

'This valuable collection of papers, shows that Marxist-Feminist debate is alive and well. Contributors from around the globe tackle the theoretical and strategic issues we are now facing.'
Lise Vogel, author of Marxism and the Oppression of Women

'A thought-provoking set of essays showing how contemporary Marxist-Feminist theory is vitally relevant for the crucial feminist questions of today, from gender oppression to care work to facing environmental crisis. Recommended reading for all scholars engaged in thinking deeply on how to change the world.'
Wendy Harcourt, Erasmus University


Publication Date: 15 February 2020
384 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781786996152
Hardback: 9781786996169
eBook ePub: 9781786996183
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