Peer-reviewed journal article
Uhde, Zuzana

Autoritářství trhu: kritická diagnóza deformované emancipace žen

Uhde, Zuzana. 2012. „Autoritářství trhu: kritická diagnóza deformované emancipace žen.“ Filosofický časopis 60 (1): 55-76. ISSN 0015-1831.

The author develops a critical diagnosis of the changing interpretations of the concept of emancipation of women due to broader socio-economic transformations and expansion of the market into most domains of social life. In the first part she briefly outlines the historical context in which the feminist emancipation claims were put into practice. Even though some of these claims were successfully integrated into the body of Euro-Atlantic cultural norms, emancipation of women, in the sense of the elimination of oppression and subjection of women in all aspects of social life, not only in political but also in economic, social and cultural life, has not been accomplished. In the second part, the author argues that late modernity set into motion a dynamic in which the concept of emancipation was distorted to a degree that it became its own antithesis. The traditional authoritarianism, against which feminist conception of emancipation was defined, was in late modern society replaced by the power-economic structure of society in which the market serves as authoritarian principle for the organisation of social life. On the basis of reflection on this dynamic the author proposes a socio-philosophical analysis of distorted emancipation. In the final part, the author specifies the abstract thesis of distorted emancipation using care practices and the issue of commodification of care as a way to exemplify anti-emancipatory forces within the market.