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The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems



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The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems by Nancy Folbre

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What does Fascism mean at the beginning of the twenty-first century? When we pronounce this word, our memory goes back to the years between the two world wars and envisions a dark landscape of violence, dictatorships, and genocide. These images spontaneously surface in the face of the rise of radical right, racism, xenophobia, islamophobia and terrorism, the last of which is often depicted as a form of Islamic fascism. Beyond some superficial analogies, however, all these contemporary tendencies reveal many differences from historical fascism, probably greater than their affinities. Paradoxically, the fear of terrorism nourishes the populist and racist rights, with Marine Le Pen in France or Donald Trump in the US claiming to be the most effective ramparts against "Jihadist fascism". But since fascism was a product of imperialism, can we define as fascist a terrorist movement whose main target is Western domination? Disentangling these contradictory threads, Enzo Traverso's historical gaze helps to decipher the enigmas of the present. He suggests the concept of post-fascism a hybrid phenomenon, neither the reproduction of old fascism nor something completely different to define a set of heterogeneous and transitional movements, suspended between an accomplished past still haunting our memories and an unknown future.

Author Biography

Nancy Folbre is Directorof the Program on Gender and Care Work at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Senior Fellow of the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. She is the author of numerous books, most recently Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford,2009).
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January 8th, 2019
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United Kingdom
Verso Books
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