Feminism and the Contradictions of Oppression by Caroline Ramazanoglu

By Caroline Ramazanoglu

Feminism and the Contradictions of Oppression is a penetrating and complete research of the improvement of feminism during the last thirty years. the 1st a part of this significant new textbook examines feminist concept and feminist political approach. the second one part examines how contradictions of sophistication, race, tradition and sexuality divide girls. the ultimate half explores methods out of the deadlock. This level-headed and difficult publication is without doubt one of the so much impressive contributions to feminism lately.

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One problem with feminism has been that many prominent feminists who have generated tremendous political excitement have not been particularly rigorous as social theorists. g. Daly 1978; Firestone 1979; Spender 1980), and then generalizing these criticisms to feminism as a whole. Many books like these have had a tremendous impact on women’s lives because they have caught women’s imaginations, enabled them to ask new questions, and connected previously disconnected strands of experience, but they have proved vulnerable to the analyses of those who are not convinced by their arguments.

Radical and liberal feminists are generally critical of socialism, but these schools of feminism do not provide any political resolution of women’s opposing class interests. Radical feminism does not have a theory of capitalism, and it cannot simply absorb a marxist theory of capitalism into feminism. The tensions between marxist theory and practice and feminist theory and practice still remain, leaving feminism with no clear political focus. THE PROBLEM OF BIOLOGY Why is it that women are so very generally dominated, oppressed and exploited by men?

Marxism was clearly located within patriarchal institutions and confined by patriarchal modes of thought. Marxist feminists need to make careful distinctions between the conceptual inadequacies of marxist theory, the sexism of male marxists, the political poverty of western socialism, and the positive potential contribution of marxist analysis to feminism. Marxist feminism is not simply marxism with women put in, but a theoretical and political critique of marxism. A theory which cannot account for women’s history and experiences is an inadequate theory and leads to ineffective attempts to change the subordination of women.

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