The fortunes of socialist feminism: Interview with Nancy Fraser

Winter 2014

Jo Littler’s interview with Nancy Fraser explores her approach to the hegemony of a liberal feminist model that allows privileged women to lead lives that she argues are socially male. Focusing on the themes of her new book Fortunes of Feminism, the interview explores the impact of the baby-boom generation of socialist feminists in the US and Europe. The hegemonic form of liberal feminism that emerges as a result of neoliberalism is criticised in the interview for solely focusing on reproductive rights or violence against women, while failing to engage with a critique of political economy in a broader social dialogue. Littler examines Fraser’s ambition to be both an academic writer and a writer concerned with social movements, alongside Fraser’s new focus on environmentalism and a newly emerging eco-feminist-socialist tradition that explores crisis theory.

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