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Why a materialist feminism is still possible (and necessary)

Jackson, S. (2001) Why a materialist feminism is still possible (and necessary). Women's Studies International Forum, 24 ( 3-4). pp. 283-293. ISSN 0277-5395

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The title of this paper derives from Christine Delphy's (1980) rejoinder to her Marxist critics, formulated at a time when feminist theory was centrally preoccupied with material social inequalities. Since then, we have witnessed the so-called “cultural turn” as a result of which perspectives that focus on social structures, relations, and practices have been sidelined. Not all feminists, however, took this turn, and there have recently been signs of a revival of materialist feminism. In assessing the effects of these theoretical shifts, and in making a case for the continued relevance of materialist feminism, I will focus on the analysis of gender and sexuality. Here, I will argue that a sociologically informed, materialist approach has more to offer feminism than more culturally oriented postmodern and queer perspectives.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Centre for Women's Studies (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2009 09:57
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2009 09:57
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0277-5395(01)00187-X
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam.
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0277-5395(01)00187-X
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7772

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