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Creating Gender Equality from the Ashes of Neoliberalism


In this brand-new critical analysis of economics, Barker, Bergeron, and Feiner provide a feminist understanding of the economic processes that shape households, labor markets, globalization, and human well-being to reveal the crucial role that gender plays in the economy today. 

With all new and updated chapters, the second edition of Liberating Economics examines recent trends in inequality, global indebtedness, crises of care, labor precarity, and climate change. Taking an interdisciplinary and intersectional feminist approach, the new edition places even more emphasis on the ways that gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality shape the economy. It also highlights the centrality of social reproduction in economic systems and makes connections between the economic circumstances of women in global North and global South. Throughout, the authors reject the idea that there is no alternative to our current neoliberal market economy and offer alternative ways of thinking about and organizing economic systems in order to achieve gender-equitable outcomes.

Written in an accessible and engaging style, this book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of fields, policymakers, and any reader interested in creating just futures.

Drucilla K. Barker is Professor of Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina

Suzanne Bergeron is Helen Mataya Graves Collegiate Professor, Women's Studies and Social Sciences, University of Michigan Dearborn

Susan F. Feiner is Professor of Economics, Professor of Womens and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine, Retired

Praise for the first edition:

“This imaginatively written volume is essential reading for all who want to learn about the feminist revolution in economic thought. Accessible to nonspecialists and students from all fields, this book shows how gender, race, nation, and class interact in economic systems to influence human well-being.”
—Diana Strassman, Rice University

- Diana Strassman, Rice University

“Readable and not too theoretical, this work is a valuable resource for anyone interested in an introduction to feminist economics. It is also appropriate for use as a text for introductory courses on women and the economy. Summing up: Highly recommended.”

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“A welcome addition to critical feminist literature on mainstream economics and it will be of interest to all who want to develop an alternative, socially progressive understanding of economy.”
Feminist Theory

- Feminist Theory

"[The second edition] is accessibly written, invokes a range of feminist research, concepts, and critique, and emphasizes gendered divisions and value of labor and crises of care. It brings intelligent perspectives on complex intersections of gender with race, class, and other principles of social hierarchy to accounts of what women and men must do to make ends meet. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels."