Feminicide and Global Accumulation: Frontline Struggles to Resist the Violence of Patriarchy and Capitalism

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    Editor(s): Liz Mason-Deese, Silvia Federici, Susana Draper

    Publisher: Common Notions

    Year: 2021

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 240 pages

    ISBN: 9781942173441

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The global struggles against racism, capitalism, and patriarchy revealed by the Black and Indigenous women and trans communities leading its resistance.

Feminicide and Global Accumulation brings us to the frontlines of an international movement of Black, Indigenous, popular, and mestiza women’s organizations fighting against violence—interpersonal, state sanctioned, and economic—that is both endemic to the global economy and the contemporary devalued status of racialized women, trans, and gender non-conforming communties in the Global South.

These struggles against racism, capitalism, and patriarchy show how crucially linked the land, water, and other resource extraction projects that crisscross the planet are to devaluing labor and nature and how central Black and Indigenous women and trans leadership is to its resistance.

The book is based on the first ever International Forum on Feminicide among ethnicized and racialized groups—which brought together activists and researchers from Colombia, Guatemala, Italy, Brazil, Iran, Guinea Bissau, Bolivia, Canada, the U.S., Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, among other countries in the world to represent different social movements and share concrete stories, memories, experiences and knowledge of their struggles against racism, capitalism and patriarchy.

Feminicide and Global Accumulation reflects, in a collective fabric, the communitarian and enraged struggles of women, trans, and gender non-conforming communities who commit themselves to the transformation of their communities by directly challenging the murder and assassination of women and violence in all its forms.

About the Editors

Silvia Federici is a lauded feminist, Marxist theorist and author of Caliban and the Witch, Revolution at Point Zero, and Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women among others.

Susana Draper is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and author of Afterlives of Confinement: Spatial Transitions in Post-Dictatorship Latin America and 1968 Mexico: Constellations of Freedom and Democracy.

Liz Mason-Deese is an editor of Viewpoint Magazine and a long-time participant and translator of women’s movements in Latin America. She is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

What People Are Saying

"Theorizing feminicide as the key epistemic violence at the heart of patriarchal, colonial, and capitalist relations of rule, this powerful text documents Black, Brown, and Indigenous trans and cis women’s ongoing resistance and insurgent dreams of bodily integrity and freedom. Weaving together memories, poetry, stories, analysis, art, and activist praxis, Feminicide and Global Accumulation charts a new and irresistible future for anticapitalist feminist struggle. A book that belongs on the bookshelves of all progressive, left, decolonial scholar-activists.” Chandra Talpade Mohanty, author of Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity

Feminicide and Global Accumulation tells stories of women reclaiming their histories, their dreams, their lives, and their bodies. It is a view from the ground up of the limitless greed of global corporations who want the last farm, the last seed, and the last mineral. Most importantly, it shows how violence against the Earth and violence against women are interconnected, and how feminicide and ecocide are intrinsic to the structures of global accumulation. Transforming the pain of feminicide into a fight for justice, women are showing how we can create new economies from the ground up, putting people and planet at the center to create buen vivir, the good life for all.” Vandana Shiva, author of Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development and Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

"Drawing on concrete experiences and processes, Feminicide and Global Accumulation explains why feminicide is a political category. It shows why social movements are the ones that have made feminicide into a term for naming patriarchal violence in relation to the capitalist and colonial system as a machine of exploitation and cruelty over certain bodies and territories; why struggles have installed the term in the media and in legal classifications at the same time as they use it to denounce patriarchal justice and counter-insurgent strategies. Speaking of feminicide and transfeminicide in relation to global processes of accumulation, as Feminicide and Global Accumulation proposes, makes it possible both to grieve and to refuse its normalization, to create a systematic account of how violence explodes and extracts collective wealth, as well as to connect sexual violence to histories of conquest and genocide.
"Feminicide and Global Accumulation arises from a collective encounter in Colombia in 2016 that has been vital for conceptualizing and sharing experiences from voices across Abya Yala, of Black, Indigenous, Afro-descendant and Afro-Indigenous women, and non-heteronormative bodies. Thus it is a book that is heard and written in many tongues. It is theory produced in the thickness of a poem, concepts woven into conversation, lines of argument that echo inherited histories, philosophies that carry memories. The effort of its translation and publication in English does justice to the task of introducing a vocabulary that emerges from the struggles of body-territories in their untiring strategies of re-existence.” Verónica Gago, author of Feminist International: How to Change Everything

Feminicide and Global Accumulation is a timely and necessary book on one of the most urgent issues facing trans and cis women globally. Centering the voices of Black and Indigenous women, this collection presents rare and much needed insight into the ways that racial capitalism and heterosexism exacerbate the politics of violence against women transnationally. From Colombia to Guinea-Bissau, these reflections dialogically, poetically and passionately demonstrate why Black and Indigenous women matter and why we must do everything in our power to stop racialized gender violence now.” Christen A. Smith, author of Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil

"Feminicide and Global Accumulation is a searing, unflinching indictment and analysis of gender-based violence and its embeddedness in extant structures of colonialism, modern patriarchy, racism, and capital accumulation. In their own riveting words and voices, Black, Afro-descendant, trans, and Indigenous women, activists, and researchers from across the Americas and the Global South offer stories and theories of the living experiences and memories of the racist, feminicidal violence they and their communities have endured and resisted, and never forgotten, despite the imposed silence of dominant histories. Through them we see the monstrous and intimate scales of the punitive powers women face. But we also see the enormous powers women themselves wield—powers of rebellion, resistance, and re-existence—which are the radical capacities for transformation we can put our hopes in. Harrowing and heartening, moving, humbling, and inspiriting, these are powerful and empowering calls for collective resistance and joy, and renewed life-making against the pedagogies of cruelty directed against the truth of women’s rebellion. This book is more than a glimpse of what it will take to remake the world. It shows us that those who now defend life, land, culture, and community are who will lead us into a different future." Neferti X. M. Tadiar, author of Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization

Feminicide and Global Accumulation is a book of the heart and mind, of spirit and memory, and of truth and resistance. By amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous and women of color living on the frontlines of colonialism and imperialism, this book offers an alarming exposition of the horrors and terrain of contemporary racialized, capitalist accumulation and dispossession—who it targets, under what historical conditions, and the staggering and multiple forms of patriarchal violence necessary for its reproduction. The narratives move through past, present, and future—drawing on ancestral wisdom of place, speaking to the everyday political interventions of feminist freedom fighters in the here and now, and ultimately shaping future feminist resistors rising up from the earth and demanding change. There is no hiding from the haunting accounts of colonial, capitalist violence courageously shared in these pages, or the questions about international solidarity that float to the surface as you read. The transformative power, analytic precision, and deep and uncompromising indictment of our current world captured in the book’s pages—and showcased in such painful and beautiful ways— is what we desperately need to think with, to teach, to understand, and to mobilize for collective liberation across the globe. Reading it is like standing on the precipice of change.” Jaskiran Dhillon, author of Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization and the Politics of Intervention and Associate Professor of Global Studies, The New School

From the Book

Silvia Federici

"From the spread of new forms of witch-hunting and the worldwide escalation in the number of women murdered daily, there is mounting evidence of what some feminists have called “a low-intensity war against women.” This chapter starts with the question: What are the motivations and logic behind this phenomenon? I try to answer this question by placing the specific forms of violence in a historical context and examining the impact of capitalist development, past and present, in women’s lives and gender relations. In this context, I also explore the relation between different forms of violence—familial, extra-domestic, and institutional—and the strategies for resistance that women around the world are creating to put a stop to it.

"Since the beginning of the feminist movement, violence against women has been a key issue in feminist literature and organization, inspiring the formation of the first International Tribunal on Crimes against Women, held in Brussels in March 1976. Since then, feminist antiviolence initiatives have multiplied, as have laws passed by governments following the UN World Conferences on Women. But, far from diminishing, violence against women has increased in every part of the world, to the point where feminists now describe it as “feminicide.” Not only has the violence represented by the number of women killed and abused continued to increase, but its character has also changed. It is increasingly more public, more brutal, and it frequently takes forms that are typical of times of war.

"What are the causes of this phenomenon and what does it tell us about transformations that are occurring in the global economy and women’s social position? Answers to these questions have varied, but it is clear that the root causes of this escalation are found in the new forms of capital accumulation, which involve broad processes of land dispossession, the destruction of communitarian relations, and an intensification in the exploitation of natural resources and labor. What still needs to be clarified, however, are the concrete ways in which this violence is a consequence and/or instrument of the advance of capitalist relations. In this chapter, I address the question both by providing a historical perspective, and by discussing the relation between domestic and public violence and policies at the institutional level that have been adopted to discipline women. My goal is to demonstrate that while this new wave of violence adopts different forms, its common denominator is the devaluation of women’s lives and labor promoted by globalization. In other words, the new violence against women is rooted in structural trends that are constitutive of capitalist development and state power in all times. This means that the construction of alternatives to capitalism must be an essential part of the struggle against this violence against women, in order to eradicate its causes."

Book Details

Editor: Silvia Federici
Editor: Susana Draper
Editor: Liz Mason-Deese
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781942173441
Size: 240 pages
Publisher: Common Notions
Year: 2021

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