Toward a non-totalizing critique of capitalism

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In this paper, I critically engage from a feminist perspective with arguments from David Harvey's Condition of Postmodernity. Using feminist insights into epistemology and ontology, I argue that Harvey's is a totalizing theory, and as such, lacks the emancipatory value it claims to offer. I then engage with some feminist critiques of Harvey's work, arguing that, while innovative, they are insufficient insofar as they fail to provide a critique of capitalism. Drawing on the work of feminist epistemologist Lorraine Code, I explore what a non-totalizing theory of capitalism might look like. I conclude by arguing the work of Gibson-Graham and Resnick and Wolff provide the most useful and emancipatory theoretical framework, one that is non-totalizing yet engages in a thorough critique of capitalism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalGeographical Bulletin - Gamma Theta Upsilon
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2009


  • Capitalism
  • Emancipatory theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Marxism


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