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Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 21, Issue 1, 2018

21st-Century Socialism: Concepts and Visions

Lillian Cicerchia
Pages 153-175
DOI: 10.5840/radphilrev20184986

Feminism, Capitalism, and Nancy Fraser’s "Terrain of Battle"

In this paper I argue that Nancy Fraser’s theory of social reproduction is misleading and that the process of exploitation is more central to women’s oppression than Fraser’s theory suggests. I argue that Fraser’s theory of women’s oppression is continuous with her theory of capitalism and political agency. I critique Fraser’s theory of capitalism at a structural level to clarify some of the ambiguity in her position about the difference between production and reproduction. I then compare Fraser’s view with a structural view of class to make my critique and extend it to her theoretical distinction between status and class.