Background

I will fill in the details later but for the moment, in its simplest form: the lack of thought in the media, especially on important issues.

This paragraph of Nancy Fraser’s is instructive

Enter the politics of recognition. If the initial thrust of postwar femi- nism was to “engender” the socialist imaginary, the later tendency was to rede ne gender justice as a project aimed at “recognizing di erence.” “Rec- ognition,” accordingly, became the chief grammar of feminist claims-mak- ing at the n de siècle. A venerable category of Hegelian philosophy, resusci- tated by political theorists, this notion captured the distinctive character of “postsocialist” struggles, which often took the form of identity politics, aimed more at valorizing cultural di erence than at promoting economic equality. Whether the question was care work, sexual violence, or gender dis- parities in political representation, feminists increasingly resorted to the grammar of recognition to press their claims. Unable to transform the deep gender structures of the capitalist economy, they preferred to target harms rooted in androcentric patterns of cultural value or status hierarchies. The result was a major shift in the feminist imaginary: whereas the previous generation had sought to remake political economy, this one focused more on transforming culture.

Fraser, “Feminism’s Two Legacies”, p.703

http://saq.dukejournals.org/content/114/4/699.full.pdf

 

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