Why is gender inequality so pervasive?

Capitalist development has had contradictory effects:  on the one hand, rapid technological change has improved living standards and increased the scope for individual choice for women; on the other, increased inequality and the weakening of families and communities have reconfigured gender inequalities, leaving caregivers particularly vulnerable.

This book examines why care work is generally unrewarded in a market economy, calling attention to childbearing, childrearing and the care of other dependents, the inheritance of assets, and the use of force and violence to appropriate both physical and human resources.

Intersectional political economy emphasizes overlaps among inequalities based on class, gender, age, race/ethnicity, and citizenship, and their implications for political coalitions.


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