Liberating Economics

Feminist Perspectives on Families, Work, and Globalization
1st Edition
Drucilla K. Barker and Susan F. Feiner
The first accessible book to offer a feminist analysis of economic relationships illuminates the role of gender in contemporary economic life


Liberating Economics draws on central concepts from women's studies scholarship to construct a feminist understanding of the economic roles of families, caring labor, motherhood, paid and unpaid labor, poverty, the feminization of labor, and the consequences of globalization. Barker and Feiner consistently recognize the importance of social location—gender, race, class, sexual identity, and nationality—in economic processes shaping the home, paid employment, market relations, and the global economy. Throughout they connect women's economic status in the industrialized nations to the economic circumstances surrounding women in the global South.

Rooted in the two disciplines, this book draws on the rich tradition of interdisciplinary work in feminist social science scholarship to construct a parallel between the notions that the "personal is political" and "the personal is economic."

Drucilla K. Barker is Professor of Economics and Women's Studies, Hollins University.

Susan F. Feiner is Associate Professor of Economics and Women's Studies, University of Southern Maine.

Praise / Awards

  • "This imaginatively written volume is essential reading for all who want to learn about the feminist revolution in economic thought. Accessible to nonspecialists and students from all fields, this book shows how gender, race, nation, and class interact in economic systems to influence human well-being."
    —Diana Strassman, Rice University
  • "Readable and not too theoretical, this work is a valuable resource for anyone interested in an introduction to feminist economics. It is also appropriate for use as a text for introductory courses on women and the economy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. "
  • "Feminism teaches us to think of the person in context: family, social and global. The atomism beloved of economics from the man's perspective melts away when you do that—and it's about time, too. "
    —James Galbraith, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
  • "This book is a must-read for every future economist, undergraduate and graduate, and for every women's studies student. It is a great read for the rest of us. It should be required reading for every policy-maker at the WB, IMF, and WTO."
    —Sandra Harding, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies UCLA
  • Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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  • 10 tables, 7 charts.
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