Under The Sun

Monday, May 12, 2003

"Feminist philosophers and writers tend to be rather suspicious that the 'virtue' of generosity, even in its postmodern reincarnation, remains in complicity with violence, oppression, and the subordination of women. [...] The book [under review] rightly criticizes both the traditional philosophical understanding of generosity as a moral virtue and the poststructuralist theories of the gift precisely for their failure to investigate the unequal distributions of the social benefits, labor, costs, and the cultural capital of generosity. One of the effects of such an unequal distribution lies in the extortion of the unacknowledged and devalued 'gifts' from disempowered social groups, and in the systematic forgetting of these contributions."


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