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New patriarchal economies in the Australian textile industry

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posted on 1990-01-01, 00:00 authored by Louise JohnsonLouise Johnson
Analyses seriously considering the importance of gender in the process of restructuring have been scarce, yet altered gender relations have been integral to these changes at all geographical scales. Vital interconnections exist between a restructuring capitalism and a reconstituting patriarchy. Initially, I clarify the concepts and the feminist politics which inform the analysis, and then I situate the Australian textile industry in a global context of new divisions of labour and capital. Connecting these global changes to a particular national economy provides the necessary background to understanding the transformations which have occurred in one textile plant in Geelong, Victoria over the last twenty years. At all scales, patriarchy and capitalism have interconnected in such a way as to ensure that renewed profitability and reasserted male authority are linked during restructuring. Restoration of capital accumulation in the Australian textile industry has thus been built on a redefined but also reaffirmed patriarchal economy. Copyright © 1990, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

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Journal

Antipode

Volume

22

Issue

1

Pagination

1 - 32

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

ISSN

0066-4812

eISSN

1467-8330

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

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