Bodies in Revolt: Gender, Disability, and a Workplace Ethic of Care


Foreword by Martha Albertson Fineman

Bodies in Revolt argues that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) could humanize capitalism by turning employers into care-givers, creating an ethic of care in the workplace. Unlike other feminists, Ruth O’Brien bases her ethics not on benevolence, but rather on self-preservation. She relies on Deleuze’s and Guttari’s interpretation of Spinoza and Foucault’s conception of corporeal resistance to show how a workplace ethic that is neither communitarian nor individualistic can be based upon the rallying cry “one for all and all for one.”


“Social scientists working in several disciplines will appreciate the theoretical depth of O’Brien’s arguments and her historical account of the relations between labor and management under capitalism.”