In this lecture, Nancy Fraser situates the feminist’s movement in relation to three moments in the history of capitalism. First, the movement’s beginnings are located in the context of “state-organized capitalism.” Then, she considers the process of feminism’s evolution in the dramatically changed social context of rising neoliberalism. Finally, she contemplates the possible reorientation of feminism in the present context of capitalist crisis and US political realignment, which could start a shift from neoliberalism to a new form of social organization.
Nancy Fraser is a Professor of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research. She is also the editor of Constellations, An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory.
This lecture took place during the French Sociology Association Congress, in Paris, in April 2009.