The Cyberflâneur #14: Katrina Forrester

We’re delighted to feature Katrina Forrester this week. She is a political theorist and intellectual historian at Harvard, and the author of In the Shadow of Justice, an impressive study tracing how liberal egalitarianism became the commanding political philosophy in the Anglo-Saxon world following the Second World War (bio; twitter). Below her selections we’ve also included links to some of Katrina’s recent work.

She has chosen some excellent articles and essays on feminism and the future of work – areas that are the focus of her new book project. Her chosen pieces range from automation via biocapitalism to xenofeminism.

As always, you can browse the selections by our previous cyberflâneurs here.

~ Evgeny Morozov


Katrina’s Selections

I.

Automation and the Future of Work—1 & 2
Automation and the Future of Work—2

Vital reading for anyone trying to understand the future of work.


II.

‘Bias in, Bias out’: Gender Equality and the Future of Work Debate

The future of work debates often assume technology is neutral when it comes to gender, but the coming changes will exacerbate existing gender inequalities.


III.

A Critique of Approaches to ‘Domestic Work’: Women, Work and the Pre-Industrial Economy

On how we should we think about, and measure, women’s work through history.


IV.

Migrant Workers or Working Women? Comparing Labour Supply Policies in Post-War Europe

When have welfare states chosen to promote women’s work (via childcare provision) and when have they encouraged migration instead? An interesting comparative study of Sweden and Switzerland.


V.

Financialization and Non-Disposable Women: Real Estate, Debt and Labour in UK Care Homes

This article connects financialization to care work through a study of the privatization of the UK’s care home sector. Can care act as a constraint on financialization?


VI.

Liberating Women from “Political Economy”

Tithi Bhattacharya revisits a classic text of the Women’s Liberation Movement and a hugely influential treatment of women’s work, Margaret Benston’s “The Political Economy of Women’s Liberation”.


VII.

Ask a Feminist: Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo

Durba Mitra (whose groundbreaking Indian Sex Life (Princeton UPress) is out now) interviews feminist philosopher Catharine A. MacKinnon about #MeToo, sexual harassment, law, work, and more.


VIII.

Errant Daughters: a Conversation between Saidiya Hartman and Hazel Carby

Saidiya Hartman and Hazel Carby in conversation about intimate labours, families and care, histories of empire and enslavement.


IX.

Nothing Natural

An amazing essay by Jenny Turner about surrogacy, birth-work, and Sophie Lewis’s brilliant manifesto “Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family”.


X.

Feminism against Biocapitalism: Gestational Surrogacy and the Limits of the Labor Paradigm

What are the political implications of thinking of surrogacy as a form of labour? Johanna Oksala explores them here.

XI.

Feminist Review

This special issue of Feminist Review has essays by feminist scholars on digital labor, the commodification of domestic labour, technocapitalism in India, xenofeminism and more.


More by Katrina Forrester – from our Stacks

Our archive of high-quality content across text, video and audio – our “Living Syllabus” as we call it – has already reached over 10,000 items and grows larger every week.

Here are some recent pieces by or featuring Katrina from those archives:


More About our Cyberflâneur Series

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You can also take a look at the previous versions of the Cyberflâneur: Brian Eno, Hito Steyerl, Adam Tooze, Rana Foroohar, Samuel Moyn, Rem Koolhaas, Paul Mason, Shehla Rashid, Holly Herndon & Matt Dryhurst, Raquel RolinkLaleh Khalili, Zephyr Teachout, and Quinn Slobodian.


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