The appearance of the modern capitalist market and its effects on women’s agency. The loss of aura in Walter Benjamin



Palabras clave:

Feminism, Female agency, Consumerism, Capitalism, Walter Benjamin, Identity.

Agencias Financiadoras:

Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)


Historical processes imply different impacts on different historical agents. The processes that shaped the neoliberal capitalist market imposed the white heterosexual male as the only official agent of historical processes. This imposition was the basis for the construction of the current patriarchal system. This article asks how these historical processes affected women. How female agency has been conditioned by capitalism. This essay seeks to observe how the processes of consumption and mass production have affected the construction of female agency during the period of early capitalism. The conclusion is that this period needed to condition the construction of female agency by transforming it into patterns of consumption and production that meet the needs of the capitalist system itself.


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Biografía del autor/a

Alicia Valdés Lucas, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Doctoranda dentro del Programa Internacional de Doctorado en Humanidades (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) Título de la Disertación: "The construction of feminine identities in capitalism. A lecture from the Lacanian left" Investigadora para el MINECO en la Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Proyecto: Género, Mujer y lo Femenino en las referencias filosóficas y literarias de los siglos XVIII y XIX estudiadas por Walter Benjamin. Detalles del proyecto: Proyecto de I+D del Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (FFI 2015-70273-P)). Investigadora en el Instituto de Estudios de Género de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Máster en Filosofía Política (Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona) Grado en Ciencias Políticas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) Campos de investigación: Identidad, sexualidad, género, feminismo, teoría queer, políticas de la memoria, políticas del espacio, urbanismo, arquitectura, fetichismo, psicoanálisis, teoría crítica, teoría del lenguaje, izquierda lacaniana, marxismo


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Cómo citar

Valdés Lucas, A. (2021). The appearance of the modern capitalist market and its effects on women’s agency. The loss of aura in Walter Benjamin. ENDOXA, (48), 255–274.



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