Dec 14th, 2012 by Conor McCabe
I took part in preliminary workshop yesterday on using feminist economics to:
a)analyse Ireland today, and
b) develop counter-capitalist economic strategies.
The plan over the next few months (or until we run out of energy) is to come to a working definition of what we mean when we say feminist economics and to map the Irish economy not only in terms of GDP but also in terms of economic activity that is essential to the reproduction of Irish society but which is not measured by Irish economists as it is not deemed to be ‘work’.
As regards the working definition (and this is a definition for ourselves with regard to the project in hand), we decided to draw upon the introduction and chapter one of Marie Mies and Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, The Subsistence Perspective: Beyond the Globalised Economy.
Intro and chapter one are below (download here):
The mapping project is based around Mies and Bennholdt-Thomsen’s iceberg model of Capitalist patriarchal economics. Using this as the template, the plan is to translate the different parts in the iceberg into the realities of Irish economic and social relations.