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Scandalous EconomicsGender and the Politics of Financial Crises$
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Aida A. Hozic and Jacqui True

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204235.001.0001

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Self-Reproducing Movements and the Enduring Challenge of Materialist Feminism

Self-Reproducing Movements and the Enduring Challenge of Materialist Feminism

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(p.248) Chapter 14 Self-Reproducing Movements and the Enduring Challenge of Materialist Feminism
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Scandalous Economics
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Wanda Vrasti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204235.003.0014

What was the utopian vision of the Occupy movement that swept the world in the aftermath of the global financial crisis (GFC)? More generally, what types of utopias can be imagined today, and which notions of progress are still operative? And how do utopias allow people to engage in transformative action? Taking the need for utopian representation seriously, this chapter looks at three attempts to map out “utopia” : Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed (1974); Marge Piercy’s seemingly conventional but at the same time revolutionary text, Woman on the Edge of Time (1976); and finally, the encampments built in the initial stage of the Occupy movement. Interestingly enough, all three examples offer glimpses of an anti-authoritarian utopia—a decentralized, egalitarian society where the principles of competition and accumulation have been replaced by mutual aid, self-government, and resource conservation to produce an almost spiritual synergy between people, nature, and culture.

Keywords:   Occupy movement, utopia, Ursula Le Guin, Marge Piercy, anti-authoritarian

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