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Mutant NeoliberalismMarket Rule and Political Rupture$
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William Callison and Zachary Manfredi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285716

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285716.001.0001

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Feminist Theory Redux: Neoliberalism’s Public-Private Divide

Feminist Theory Redux: Neoliberalism’s Public-Private Divide

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(p.215) Eight Feminist Theory Redux: Neoliberalism’s Public-Private Divide
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Mutant Neoliberalism
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Megan Moodie

Lisa Rofel

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823285716.003.0009

Conventional wisdom about neoliberalism is that it has led to the privatization of what were once public resources and that many state functions, particularly those related to social welfare, have been outsourced or privatized. While we do not dispute that many recent changes have led to what analysts call “privatization,” we argue that this story of neoliberalism is insufficient to understand its contemporary manifestations in India and China and, perhaps, more generally. Feminist theorists have long argued that “public” and “private” are ideologically defined and vary historically; that the division is empirically unfounded; and that it obscures the work these ideological distinctions do to maintain gender hierarchies. The chapter borrows from such insights to analyze recent mutations in the relationships between state and capital, or state-capital. It argues that much of what has been described as neoliberal privatization are actually blurred, hybrid mixtures of public-private endeavors that comprise “actually existing” neoliberalism.

Keywords:   capitalism, China, feminism, feminist theory, India, political economy, privatization, public-private, state

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