275.1 Feminism and the future of capitalism

Thursday, August 2, 2012: 10:45 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Sylvia WALBY , Sociology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
The financial crisis is gendered not only in its causes and consequences but in the policy and political responses to it.  The intensification of neoliberalism is taking a gendered form in that the cuts in public expenditure fall disproportionately on the gains that feminism had achieved in many welfare state regimes.  Gender budgeting analysis reveals the gendered nature of these policies.  The developing political responses to the financial and economic crisis involve coalitions of gendered forces that vary between locations.  The understanding of these processes requires rethinking the conceptualisation of capitalism so as to better include finance as well as the development of the conceptualisation of its intersection with gender regimes.  The gendering of world-systems theory is necessary in order to theorise the financial crisis and its politics.