Synopses & Reviews
Recently, labor has acquired a re-emergent public relevance. In response, feminist theory urgently needs to reconsider the relationship between labor and gender. This book builds a theoretically-informed politics about changes in the gendered structure of labor by analyzing how the symbolic power of gender is put in the service of neoliberal practices. Goodman traces the cultural contextualization of 'women's work' from its Marxist roots to its current practices. From the income gap to the gendering of industries, Goodman explores and critiques the rise of corporate power under neoliberalism and the ways and whys that femininity has become one of its principle commodities.
About the Author
Robin Truth Goodman is Professor in the Department of English at Florida State University, USA. Her publications include Infertilities: Exploring Fictions of Barren Bodies (2001); Strange Love: Or, How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Market (2002; with Kenneth J. Saltman); World, Class, Women: Global Literature, Education and Feminism (2004); Policing Narratives and the State of Terror (2009); and Feminist Theory in Pursuit of the Public: Women and the "Re-Privatization" of Labor (2010).
Table of Contents
1. The Gender of Working Time: Revisiting Feminist/Marxist Debates
2. Julia Kristeva's Murders: Neoliberalism and the Labor of the Symbolic
3. Feminist Theory's Itinerant Legacy: From Language Feminism to Labor Feminism
4. Girls in School: The 'Girls' School' Genre at the New Frontier
5. Gender Work: Feminism After Neoliberalism