From Cinzia Arruzza’s “Gender as Social Temporality: Butler and Marx”

Marx’s insistence on the process character of capital emphasises the fact that far from being a natural phenomenon rooted in an immutable human nature, capital is a specific form of organisation of social practices. As such, it has an eminently historical character and, therefore, despite its appearance of naturalness, it is not the unavoidable destiny of humanity. Moreover, the possibility for a transformative praxis, or for class struggle, is rooted in this  very process character, in the process of capital’s own reproduction, which is filled with contradictions and cracks. This bond between temporality and possibility for agency and transformation characterises both Marx’s and Butler’s enterprise of the denaturalisation of capital and gender, respectively.”



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