In this special anniversary episode, your founding co-hosts John, Rachel, and B tackle the deconstruction of capitalism in J. K. Gibson-Graham’s classic The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy. Challenging the (constructed) essential wholeness of capitalism’s presence in modern theoretical (and everyday) discourses, Gibson-Graham breaks capitalism in a thousand pieces in order to understand its multi-faceted connections. How has Marxism contributed to capitalism’s hold on the theoretical mind as something total, singular, unified? How can we understand multiple economies instead of “the economy”? Should, or can we, save Marx from Marxism? In what ways can Gibson-Graham’s work coincide with the complexities of daily life in gendered, sexed, and racialized modes of existence? Join the team as they work to undo the connective tissues holding capitalism, as we know it–and their foibles along the way. Plus, in My Tumblr Friend from Canada, we answer a question about “critical theory.”
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- J.K. Gibson-Graham profile and papers at Community Economies, a website related to the activist work of Gibson, Graham, Gibson-Graham, and their network of scholars, activists, and communities
- The End of Capitalism and A Postcapitalist Politics, from University of Minnesota Press
- Review of both books by Richard Schmitt, at Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
- Relevant Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries: markets and capitalism; Marxist feminism
- An interview with Gibson on Gibson-Graham’s book Take Back the Economy; Gibson talk on “Capitalism, Feminism, and the Politics of the Possible,” in honor of Graham; Gibson’s 2011 talk on “An Economic Ethics for the Anthropocene”