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Family Management, Managerialism, and Feminist Re-Visions
Unformatted Document Text:  Family...Re-Visions 22 knowledge and spiritual wisdom as cultural capital and the family as a market investment. While we acknowledge Covey’s effort to infuse the seven habits with non- traditional insights and practices, his book nonetheless reproduces the family as a Western patriarchal and capitalist institution, a unified, goal-governed, and autonomous social unit in which communication is expected to achieve and maintain mutual transparency and family order. In contrast, feminist fantasy-science fiction writer Marge Piercy, in her novel Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) re-visions family and community life around egalitarian and ecofeminist principles. The novel describes family practices in the distant future as a web of voluntary relationships centered around local events and affiliations; the site of mutual respect, communal nurturing, lifelong learning, and ecologically-sustaining work practices. The novel’s main character, Connie Ramos, becomes immersed in a future world that has deliberately dismantled the oppressive structures of contemporary Western societies to create a non-possessive, communally- accountable way of life. Mothering, including nursing, is shared by men and women while differences of race, sex, age, death and life, work and play, and art and life are cultivated even as their current stigmas are transcended. Extended familial relations are the critical core of this alternative vision of social life. Following Friedman (1993) and Young (1990), we acknowledge that Piercy’s vision of family, like Covey’s, takes inclusive community as an unquestioned goal but, unlike Covey’s model, complicates the desirability of mutual transparency and offers us a heuristic vision of family life lived in accord with a feminist ethic of care and justice.

Authors: Sotirin, Patty., Buzzanell, Patrice. and Turner, Lynn.
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Family...Re-Visions 22
knowledge and spiritual wisdom as cultural capital and the family as a market
investment.
While we acknowledge Covey’s effort to infuse the seven habits with non-
traditional insights and practices, his book nonetheless reproduces the family as a
Western patriarchal and capitalist institution, a unified, goal-governed, and autonomous
social unit in which communication is expected to achieve and maintain mutual
transparency and family order. In contrast, feminist fantasy-science fiction writer Marge
Piercy, in her novel Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) re-visions family and community
life around egalitarian and ecofeminist principles. The novel describes family practices in
the distant future as a web of voluntary relationships centered around local events and
affiliations; the site of mutual respect, communal nurturing, lifelong learning, and
ecologically-sustaining work practices. The novel’s main character, Connie Ramos,
becomes immersed in a future world that has deliberately dismantled the oppressive
structures of contemporary Western societies to create a non-possessive, communally-
accountable way of life. Mothering, including nursing, is shared by men and women
while differences of race, sex, age, death and life, work and play, and art and life are
cultivated even as their current stigmas are transcended. Extended familial relations are
the critical core of this alternative vision of social life. Following Friedman (1993) and
Young (1990), we acknowledge that Piercy’s vision of family, like Covey’s, takes
inclusive community as an unquestioned goal but, unlike Covey’s model, complicates the
desirability of mutual transparency and offers us a heuristic vision of family life lived in
accord with a feminist ethic of care and justice.


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