IRWG Symposium Generates New Feminist Scholarship on Inequality and the Neoliberal State

book cover with photo of women protesting, title of the book appears
book cover with photo of women protesting, title of the book appears

In October 2014, IRWG provided funding and support for a symposium, organized by Professor Leela Fernandes (Women’s Studies, Political Science), under the auspices of her faculty led program. The symposium, “Understanding the Neoliberal State: Feminism, Inequality and Social Change” featured scholars from a wide range of disciplines engaged in International and American Studies to explore inequalities and shifts in state power and structures around the world.

photo of Leela Fernandes speaking at lectern in Lane HallThe conversations at the symposium resulted in an edited volume, Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State: Inequality, Exclusion, and Change, recently published by NYU Press.  

As Professor Fernandes explains in the introduction, “The volume brings together feminist scholars who have been working on such questions in a range of contexts in order to delineate what is distinctive about the ‘neoliberal’ state (and the production of inequality) and what is linked to longer, complex processes that have produced long-standing forms of inequalities within and between nations. The feminist lens of the volume particularly seeks to bring a textured understanding of inequality to the fore (through a focus on the linkages between interrelated forms of inequality such as gender, class, race, sexuality and class).”

Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State is available from NYU Press. Enter FERNANDES18 at checkout for a 20% discount & free shipping

Leela Fernandes is the Glenda Dickerson Collegiate Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, and author of India’s New Middle Class: Democratic Politics in an Era of Economic Reform; Producing Workers: The Politics of Gender, Class and Culture in the Calcutta Jute Mills; and Transforming Feminist Practice.



pictured above/right: Leela Fernandes speaks in Lane Hall at the 2014 symposium

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