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Auteur: Mies, Maria
Titel: Patriarchy & Accumulation on a World Scale
Sub titel: Women in the international division of labour

In this book Mies focuses on third world women, the international division of labor, and the capitalist system from a Marxist perspective. She claims that there is an intrinsic relationship between capitalism and patriarchy and that we can no longer accept a classical Marxist explanation of the capitalist system, because it does not include women. She goes on to propose that capitalism usurps the labor of women through a patriarchal system, which labels it as housework or subsistence work. In turn this "subsistence" work is not accounted for in the cost of labor (i.e. production), which leads to the accumulation of capital. This means that the labor of women is exploited by the system of capitalist-patriarchy, because it is not given credit for the economic benefits that it provides for the system. In Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale Mies goes on to evaluate women’s role within the International Division of Labor (IDL), which she represents as a sexual division of labor. With the rise of multinational corporations (MNCs) and the global economy, women’s labor has been increasingly exploited, for women are viewed as docile, low wage, flexible workers with low visibility and little power.
1999, 251 pag., Euro 29
Zed Books, London, ISBN 9781856497350


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