Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale

Women in the International Division of Labour

Maria Mies

Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale

Maria Mies

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280 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2014  
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783601691 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
'It is my thesis that this general production of life, or subsistence production - mainly performed through the non-wage labour of women and other non-wage labourers as slaves, contract workers and peasants in the colonies - constitutes the perennial basis upon which 'capitalist productive labour' can be built up and exploited.'

First published in 1986, Maria Mies’s progressive book was hailed as a major paradigm shift for feminist theory, and it remains a major contribution to development theory and practice today.

Tracing the social origins of the sexual division of labour, it offers a history of the related processes of colonization and 'housewifization' and extends this analysis to the contemporary new international division of labour. Mies's theory of capitalist patriarchy has become even more relevant today.

This new edition includes a substantial new introduction in which she both applies her theory to the new globalized world and answers her critics.
Contents
Foreword by Silvia Federici
Preface to the critique influence change edition
Introduction
1. What is Feminism?
2. Social Origins of the Sexual Division of Labour
3. Colonization and Housewifization
4. Housewifization International: Women and the International Division of Labour
5. Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Primitive Accumulation of Capital
6. National Liberation and Women's Liberation
7. Towards a Feminist Perspective of a New Society
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