- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781783601691
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- Publication Date: Aug 2014
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 280
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Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale
Women in the International Division of Labour
“It is my thesis that this general production of life, or subsistence production–mainly performed through the non-wage labour of women and other non-wage labourers as slaves, contract workers and peasants in the colonies–constitutes the perennial basis upon which ‘capitalist productive labour’ can be built up and exploited.”
First published in 1986, Maria Mies’s progressive book was hailed as a major paradigm shift for feminist theory, and it remains a major contribution to development theory and practice today.
Tracing the social origins of the sexual division of labour, it offers a history of the related processes of colonization and ‘housewifization’ and extends this analysis to the contemporary new international division of labour. Mies’s theory of capitalist patriarchy has become even more relevant today.
This new edition includes a substantial new introduction in which she both applies her theory to the new globalized world and answers her critics.
Foreword by Silvia Federici
Preface to the critique influence change edition
1. What is Feminism?
2. Social Origins of the Sexual Division of Labour
3. Colonization and Housewifization
4. Housewifization International: Women and the International Division of Labour
5. Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Primitive Accumulation of Capital
6. National Liberation and Women’s Liberation
7. Towards a Feminist Perspective of a New Society
About the Authors
Maria Mies is a professor of sociology and author of several influential feminist books, including Indian Women and Patriarchy (1980), Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale (1986), and (with Bennholdt-Thomsen and von Werlhof) Women: The Last Colony (1988).
She is Professor of Sociology at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, which is a Fachhochschule in Cologne, Germany. She worked for many years in India. In 1979 she established the Women and Development programme at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. She has been active in the women’s movement and in women’s studies since the late 1960s. She has published several books and many articles on feminist, ecological and Third World issues. One of her main concerns is the development of an alternative approach in methodology and in economics. Having retired from teaching in 1993, she continues to be active in the women’s and other social movements. She has published a book on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment and, with Veronika Bannholdt, has written a book on the subsistence perspective (from Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale).
Madha Suri Prakash is Professor of Education at Penn State University.