Theorizing in (Southern) solidarity: Engaging feminisms and marxisms in anti-colonial frames

Authors: Kiran Asher*, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Topics: Social Theory, Geographic Theory, Gender
Keywords: anti-colonialism, feminism, Marxism, theory, solidarity
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8216, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The relations between Marxist, feminist and anti-colonial analyses of power and resistance have had a long but contentious history. Each has its “blind spots” vis-à-vis the others or side steps them. For example, mainstream Marxists assert the primacy of class over other categories of analyses and politics. Such narrow approaches to gender, race and coloniality have led feminist and recent anti-colonial scholarship to reject Marx and Marxism. Yet I argue each needs the others to understand the power-laden and intertwined processes of producing commodities and subjects. In this paper, I offer a preliminary sketch of why and how the grammars feminism, anti-colonialism, and Marxism in a transnational frame are crucial to struggles for environmental and social justice. I draw on Gayatri Spivak, Kevin Anderson and Heather Brown’s reading of Marx to aid my task and assess their contributions to “southern” theorizing and solidarity.


• Anderson, Kevin. 2010. Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
• Brown, Heather. 2012. Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study. Chicago: Haymarket Books. Marx, Karl. 1867/1976. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol I. Penguin.
• Spivak, Gayatri. 2012. An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization. Harvard University Press.

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