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Spectacular CitiesReligion, Landscape, and the Dialectics of Globalization$
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Ipsita Chatterjee

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465132.001.0001

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Subjecting Globalization

Subjecting Globalization

The Class and Gender of Globalization

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Spectacular Cities

Ipsita Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

This chapter understands the subject of globalization. For Marx, subjectivity or consciousness is bound to the act of labouring in a class. I argue that class is always imbued with gender. Hence the constituted materiality of globalization is informed by a gendered-classed subject co-constituting a gendered-classed city. The author explores religious patriarchy in the Akshardham temples to understand how it becomes porous so as to ‘include’ the globalizing American Gujarati women. The women subject’s new economic emancipation is, however, attained through carefully balancing their reproductive roles (household work) with their productive roles (jobs). In other words, these women subjects never disrupt the sexual division of labour at home, and thus carefully nourish familial patriarchy while they engage with capitalism outside. A globalizing religious patriarchy celebrates her economic emancipation on the condition that patriarchal capitalist accumulation is not disrupted in any way.

Keywords:   phenomenology, Cartesian dualism, subjectivity, consciousness, class, gender, patriarchy, capitalist patriarchy, religious patriarchy, oppression, exploitation, production, reproduction, caste, Marx, Descartes, Thompson

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