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ERIC Number: ED256631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 12
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World-Systems Theory and Feminist Scholarship.
Smith, Joan
World systems theory and feminist scholarship each have a great deal to offer the other, but the connections between the two have not often been recognized. The potential contributions from world systems theory include: (1) its understanding of history, (2) its understanding of what that history comprises, and (3) how it employs Marxist historical categories. Feminist scholarship must be anchored in a historical framework, but conventional historical benchmarks separating one period from another do not take note of women's experiences. These experiences have rarely been considered worthy of historical analysis. World systems theory provides a holistic approach to history, which considers the experiences of both men and women and focuses on processes rather than structures. But differences between world systems theory and feminist scholarship occur because of differing readings of Marx's discussion of social labor and the establishment of wage levels. Feminist theory could be enhanced if it would use Marxist theory as world systems theorists do. This would enable feminist scholarship to develop theories grounded in historical analysis rather than the current approach, which can offer only correctives to what would otherwise be an androcentric view of the world system. (IS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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