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Coordinator: Dr. Hila Shamir ​

Since the 1990’s – beginning with the UN Beijing Women’s conference, and even more so with the World Bank’s move to “inclusive neo-liberalism” - there is growing attention to the role of gender in economic policy, and particularly development policy. In this transformation women were re-conceived from “mere” consumers and home makers to important participants both in what was now called “reproductive labor” as well as productive labor.  Labor market “activation” programs aimed at increasing women’s labor market participation now flourish all around the world. Some take the form of encouraging female entrepreneurship in the form of micro-credit programs particularly designed for women, others are welfare-to-work programs that particularly seek to assist working mothers, some focus on tax incentives for dual earner families or single parent families, others to finding care solutions for dependent family members, and yet others to uprooting wage discrimination, sexual harassment and other gendered prejudice in the labor market, and the list goes on. In tandem, women’s roles as mothers and home-makers is being re-thought as having important economic implications. This gendered revolution in economic policy is perhaps incomplete, and possibly problematic, but it is clearly underway. So much so that some commentators, such as Nancy Fraser, suggest that second wave feminism and neo-liberalism prospered in tandem because of some “perverse subterranean elective affinity” (Fraser, Scales of Justice).

Following Fraser’s (and others) call to investigate the relationship between neo-liberal capitalism and feminist thought, this reading group will explore the relationship between gender and political economy in law, sociology, and economics, and in legal reform and economic policies at the international and national level. We will inquire into costs and benefits of different policies, their value and their blindspots. The reading group will focus on themes proposed by reading group participants and will build on the group’s research interests. Some proposed themes are: the family and the market, care work and reproductive work, the feminization of migration and transnational families, labor market activation programs and gender, sexual harassment in the labor market, gendered wage gap, micro-lending, housewivery, sex work, and gender in online product markets.  The group, made up mostly of TAU professors, will meet three times each term. The first term will be dedicated to close reading of canonical texts, and the second term will focus on discussion of related research of reading group members. 










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