Rematerializing Feminism

Science and Society 69 (1):33 - 55 (2005)
The "cultural turn" in feminism has isolateci issues of gender and sexuality from their material conditions. This article addresses this turn by engaging such issues as "gender," "history," "agency," "modernity," "postmodernity," "essentialism," "theory," "class," "sexuality," "identity politics," "labor" and the "concrete" in their materiality. While "post" théories hâve treated thèse and related practices as "cultural" effects and regarded them as (semi-) autonomous acts of résistance, culture is never isolated from its material base and cultural résistance, in and of itself, is not capable of transforming social totality. The most effective way to undertake such a transformation is by class struggle, which brings about "root" changes through reorganizing the relations of labor and capitai and puts an end to social class. Ali social différences, such as gender, are the effect of class — the inequality of labor.
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