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Critique Essay Humanities Law/Legal Nonfiction

Being Together, After Nonprofitization

By Dean Spade, 2013

Many of the problems Jo Freeman identified in her 1970 essay, “The Tyranny of Structurelessness,” persist in today’s feminist struggles and have been exacerbated by nonprofitization. Concentration of leadership, elitism, lack of accountability, and lack of transparency in social movement formations have worsened in the past four decades as hierarchical, staffed nonprofits have become the most dominant form for social justice work in the United States. The 2007 anthology The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex, edited by the activist organization INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, raised the volume on the conversation about the problems of nonprofitization for groups and organizations seeking transformative change

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