Rewriting (global) political economy as reproductive, productive, and virtual (Foucauldian) economies

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Feminists have an enormous stake in, and important contributions to make to, critical analyses of globalization. At present, analyses are impeded by disciplinary and epistemological divides that preclude integrative scholarship,by complex identities that foil essentialist starting points,and by processes of deterritorialization and dematerialization that confound political and economic theories. The alternative analytical framing introduced here deploys a Foucauldian sense of economies to deny a separation of culture fromeconomy, to encourage cross-disciplinary and multi-dimensional analysis, and to enable more critical practice in relation to globalization dynamics. The 'RPV framing' brings the identities, ideologies, and practices of 'social reproduction,' welfare, non-wage labor and informalization into relation with the familiar but the now global and flexibilized 'productive economy' of goods and services, as well as with the less familiar but increasingly consequential - though dematerialized - 'virtual economy' of financial markets, cyberspace, and the exchange less of goods than of signs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


  • Dematerialization
  • Gender
  • Global financial markets
  • Global political economy
  • Globalization
  • Informal sector
  • Social reproduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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