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Housewifisation – Globalisation – Subsistence-Perspective

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This chapter begins by posing the question: How is reflection on the meaning of the three theoretical concepts, housewifisation, globalisation and subsistence, relevant to answering the questions women and men are struggling with in central Europe today? The answer is provided in the form of hypotheses such as: (1) The concepts were the right key concepts for feminists seeking to criticise a worldwide, capitalist patriarchal economic system, and also more apposite than ever when used to explain the consequences of this economic system; (2) Those who demonstrated in Seattle have understood that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is the institution that symbolises a global economic system that is hostile to nature, human beings and women. Housewifisation and globalisation still constitute the main strategy for reducing the costs of female labour. From capital's point of view, housewifisation represents the best strategy for realising comparative cost-advantages under globalisation conditions.

Keywords: capitalist patriarchal economic system; globalisation; housewifisation; subsistence; World Trade Organisation (WTO)



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