This edited collection examines the relationship between three central terms-capitalism, feminism, and critique-while critically celebrating the work and life of a thinker who has done the most to address this nexus: Nancy Fraser. In honor of her seventieth birthday, and in the spirit of her work in the tradition of critical theory, this collection brings together scholars from different disciplines and theoretical approaches to address this conjunction and evaluate Fraser's lifelong contributions to theorizing it. Scholars from philosophy, political science, sociology, gender studies, race theory and economics come together to think through the vicissitudes of capitalism and feminism while also responding to different elements of Nancy Fraser's work, which weaves together a strong feminist standpoint with a vibrant and complex critique of capitalism. Going beyond conventional disciplinary distinctions and narrow debates, all the contributors to this project share a commitment to critically understanding the connection between capitalism, exploitation, and the viable roads for emancipation. They recover insights provided by classical traditions of political and social thought, but they also open new research directions adapted to the global challenges of our time.
Banu Bargu is Associate Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research, USA. She is the author of Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons (2014), which received APSA's First Book Prize given by the Foundations of Political Theory section and was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2015 by Choice.
Chiara Bottici is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, USA. She is the author of Imaginal Politics: Images beyond Imagination and The Imaginary (2014), A Philosophy of Political Myth (2007), and Uomini e stati. Percorsi di un'analogia (2004), which was published in English as Men and States (2009).
2. From Socialist-Feminism to the Critique of Global Capitalism
3. Debates on Slavery, Capitalism and Race: Old and New
4. Feminism, Capitalism and the Social Regulation of Sexuality
5. Capitalism's Insidious Charm vs. Women's and Sexual Liberation
6. The Long Life of Nancy Fraser's "Rethinking the Public Sphere"
7. Feminism, Ecology and Capitalism: Nancy Fraser's Contribution to a Radical Notion of Critique as Disclosure
8. Recognition, Redistribution, and Participatory Parity: Where's the Law?
9. (Parity of) Participation: The Missing Link between Resources and Resonance
10. Curbing the Absolute Power of Disembedded Financial Markets: the Grammar of Social Resistance and the Polanyian Narrative
11. Hegel and Marx: A Re-Assessment After One Century
12. Crisis, Contradiction and the Task of a Critical Theory
13. What's critical about a critical theory of justice?
14. Beyond Kant versus Hegel: An Alternative Strategy for Grounding the Normativity
15. Conclusion: Nancy Fraser and the Left: a Searching idea of equality