Synopses & Reviews
Every book has its curious life-history. While some soar to great heights of success on a wave of public acclaim, others quickly plunge into obscurity. Then there are those that live a largely underground existence, kept alive through the efforts of small bands of dedicated followers who spread the word in defiance of a larger silence. The latter is the story of Lise Vogels Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory.”
From the new introduction by Sue Ferguson and David McNally
In this pioneering work of Marxist feminism, Lise Vogel revisits classic Marxist texts, tracking analyses of the woman question” in socialist theory from Marx through the Russian Revolution. From this survey and through the use of the central theoretical concepts of Marx's Capital, Vogel opens up an original theory of gender and the social production and reproduction of material life. This new and updated edition includes Vogel's article Domestic Labor Revisited”which extends and clarifies her main theoretical innovationsas well as an extensive new introduction.
Decades after initial publication, Vogel's book remains an essential contribution to the development of a materialist theory of gender oppression.
Lise Vogel revisits classical Marxian texts, tracking analyses of the woman question” in socialist theory and drawing on central theoretical categories of Marx's Capital to open up an original theorization of gender and the social production and reproduction of material life. Includes Vogel's article, Domestic Labor Revisited” which extends and clarifies her main theoretical innovations.
About the Author
Lise Vogel, a veteran of the U.S. civil-rights and womens-liberation movements, is Professor (retired) of Sociology at Rider University and the author of numerous books and articles. Before becoming a sociologist, she had an earlier career in art history.
Susan Ferguson, Ph.D. (1996), Wilfrid Laurier University, is Associate Professor of Contemporary Studies and Journalism at the Brantford, Ontario campus of that university. She has published in the area of socialist feminism, children's culture, and journalism studies.
David McNally Ph.D (1983) is Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of five previous books and has published widely on political economy, Marxism, and contemporary social justice movements.