Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts
Chapter 11: Feminist engagements with ‘everyday life’
In this chapter the author examines what insights Henri Lefebvre’s work—in particular his three-volume Critique of Everyday Life – can offer feminist International Political Economy (IPE) scholars. While Lefebvre alludes to the importance that women have in relation to the everyday – and ultimately the critique of everyday life – the author argues that he does not push these connections far enough. More specifically, had Lefebvre explored in more depth the important connection he begins to make between women and the everyday – and thus reading the everyday as a highly gendered space – he would not have conceived of ‘total woman’ (volume II, 2002) as almost entirely passive, but rather as a figure that holds the potential to surpass the critical capabilities of ‘transitional man’ (volume I, 2008). However, despite the problematic aspects of Lefebvre’s work outlined, the author ultimately concludes that his work offers valuable theoretical insights for feminist IPE scholars.
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