Social Sciences for An Other Politics: Women Theorizing without Parachutes

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This book opens up a unique intellectual space where eleven female scholar-activists explore alternative forms of theorising social reality. These ‘Women on the Verge’ demonstrate that a new radical subject- plural, prefigurative, decolonial, ethical, ecological, communal and democratic- is in the making, but is unrecognisable with old analytical tools. Of central concern to the book is the resistance of some social scientists, many of them critical theorists, to learning about this radical subject and to interrogating the concepts, methodologies and epistemologies used to grasp it. Echoing the 'experiential critique' of capitalist-colonial society that is taking place at the grassroots, the authors examine how to create hope, decolonise critique and denaturalise society. They also address the various dimensions of the social (re)production of life, including women in development, the commons, and nature. Finally, they discuss the dynamics of prefiguration by social movements, critiquing social movement theory in the process. This thought-provoking edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of gender studies, social, Marxist and Feminist theory, post-colonial, social movement and development studies, and politics
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, U. K.
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages155
ISBN (Electronic)9783319477763
ISBN (Print)9783319477756
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


  • politics
  • ethical subject
  • women
  • feminism
  • radical theory
  • decolonial
  • social movements
  • social reproduction
  • nature-culture
  • commons
  • political economy
  • possibility
  • hope


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