Social Reproduction Theory

Social Reproduction Theory : Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression

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This groundbreaking collection explores the profound power of Social Reproduction Theory to deepen our understanding of everyday life under capitalism. While many Marxists tend to focus on the productive economy, this book focuses on issues such as child care, health care, education, family life and the roles of gender, race and sexuality, all of which are central to understanding the relationship between economic exploitation and social oppression.In this book, leading writers such as Lise Vogel, Nancy Fraser, David McNally and Susan Ferguson reveal the ways in which daily and generational reproductive labour, found in households, schools, hospitals and prisons, also sustains the drive for accumulation. Presenting a more sophisticated alternative to intersectionality, these essays provide ideas which have important strategic implications for anti-capitalists, anti-racists and feminists attempting to find a path through the seemingly ever more complex world we live more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399886
  • 9780745399881
  • 87,696

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'A must read for those who want to go beyond the binaries and the `social' conceived as an aggregation of intersecting systems or overlapping spheres. It is an ambitious project aiming for epistemologies of resistance' -- Himani Bannerji, author of The Dark Side of the Nation: Essays on Multiculturalism, Nationalism, and Gender (2000) 'The varied and suggestive essays in this rich collection are of great value, not only to newcomers to the field, but also to those already grounded in this rich arena for inquiry and organising' -- Hester Eisenstein, author of Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labour and Ideas to Exploit the World (2009) 'Theoretically robust and empirically grounded chapters demonstrate the enduring value of a Marxist feminist approach. A welcome collection!' -- Rosemary Hennessy, L.H. Favrot Professor of Humanities and Professor of English, Rice University, and author of Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalismshow more

About Tithi Bhattacharya

Tithi Bhattacharya is a Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University and the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005). She is also a long-time activist for Palestinian justice and is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review. Besides her academic scholarship, her writing has appeared in Electronic Intifada,, Huffington Post, New Left Review, Mondoweiss, Jacobin, Jadaliyya and other more

Table of contents

Foreword - Lise Vogel 1. Introduction: Producing and Socially Reproducing Capital - Tithi Bhattacharya 2. Crisis of Care? On the Social-Reproductive Contradictions of Contemporary Capitalism - Nancy Fraser 3. Children, Childhood and Capitalism: a Social Reproduction Perspective - Susan Ferguson 4. Body Politics: The Social Reproduction of Sexualities - Alan Sears 5. Intersections and Dialectics: Critical Reconstructions in Social Reproduction Theory - David McNally 6. Without Reserves - Salar Mohandesi and Emma Teitelman 7. Pensions and Social Reproduction - Serap Saritas Oran 8. Mostly Work, Little Play: Social Reproduction, Migration and Paid Domestic Work in Montreal - Carmen Teeple Hopkinfsshow more

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