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Intersectionality and Primary Accumulation: Caste and Gender in India under the Sign of Monopoly-Finance Capital

Judith Whitehead

Abstract


The overarching goal of this article is to explain how the relations between capitalist imperialism, primary accumulation—often misleadingly called "primitive accumulation"—and intersectionality operate in contemporary global political economy. From many recent studies, it is clear that certain populations are more vulnerable to processes of primary accumulation than others, and that many people in the global South now experience the dispossession and displacement caused by primary accumulation without any subsequent incorporation into waged work. Understanding how ethnicity, gender, and class intersect within contemporary patterns of global accumulation is important in order to develop clear political strategies against ongoing dispossessions.… To do so, imperialism, primary accumulation, and intersectionality all need to be rethought, especially in relation to each other.

Keywords


Feminism; Imperialism; Philosophy; Political Economy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14452/MR-068-06-2016-10_3

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