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

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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.”

Reviews:

“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.”