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Too Soon for Post-Feminism: The Ongoing Life of Patriarchy in Neoliberal America”

In this paper I seek to bring “patriarchy” back into focus in ways that make sense to a 21st century audience. In the first part of the paper I discuss the ways in which “feminism” has fallen off the contemporary intellectual/political agenda or, if it remains on the agenda, it does so primarily as the study of “women” and “gender” rather than of patriarchy as a system of power. In the second part of the paper, I show how patriarchy in this sense persists quite vigorously and often brutally in contemporary society, not only as a thing in itself, but as a form of power that intersects with, and organizes, major institutions of 21st century capitalism: the industrial production site, the military, and the corporation.

Alternate schedule: Noon at Monroe 130, reception to follow in Monroe Hall

Cosponsors: UVa Field Methods Workshop; Sociology; Anthropology; Women, Gender & Sexuality; Media Studies

Event Date: 
Friday, 28 March 2014 - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Sherry B. Ortner
Speaker Title: 
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, UCLA