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Social Reproduction Theory ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☂ Social Reproduction Theory Author Tithi Bhattacharya – Crystallizing the essential principles of social reproductive theory this anthology provides long overdue analysis of everyday life under capitalism It focuses on issues such as childcare healthcare e Crystallizing the essential principles of social reproductive theory this anthology provides long overdue analysis of everyday life under capitalism It focuses on Social Reproduction Kindle - issues such as childcare healthcare education family life and the roles of gender race and sexuality—all of which are central to understanding the relationship between exploitation and social oppression Tithi Bhattacharya brings together some of the leading writers and theorists including Lise Vogel Nancy Fraser and Susan Ferguson in order for us to better understand social relations and how to improve them in the fight against structural oppression.

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  1. Maja Solar Maja Solar says:

    This book is not only a theoretical resource It provides through a number of different texts an overview of the Marxist feminist perspective of struggles which unfolded and still do on the terrain of social reproduction struggles over food housing natural resources public schools public health care systems public transportation system public sites that provide recreation pensions for the elderly public social care programs various forms of allowances and relief ie demands that state should subsidize social reproduction and so on The perspective shed light on the uestion of how are spaces of production of value production and spaces for reproduction of labor power social reproduction inextricably entwined within capitalism and why is this important for the outlines of new organisations and strategies

  2. Aaliyah Zionov Aaliyah Zionov says:

    A wonderful deeply necessary expansion on the groundbreaking theory first fully articulated by Lise Vogel in Marxism and the Oppression of Women This volume further lays out the theoretical and philosophical groundwork of social reproduction theory in important ways Its reach is extended into uestions of race imperialism abilitydisability sexuality species being financialisation and intersectionality and other typically controversial issues in Marxism All of these issues maybe for the first time feel comfortable and complementary alongside each other in this volume It also puts its money where its mouth is by applying the theory to several empirical and historical examples including live in migrant caregivers in Montreal pension reform in the Global North and primitive accumulation in the US opening up countless insights in the processAs can be expected of an essay collection about a relatively new theory not every chapter or position is perfect The chapter on migrant labour tries to reconcile some of the differences between autonomist and social reproduction conceptions of labour power's value using concepts from geography but comes off messy and without a clear conclusion The chapter on sexuality is also unsatisfying and a little bit too eager to find a straightforward correspondence between the labour capital relation in the workplace and the sexual dynamics of men and women in broader society In my opinion the nuanced differentiation of these relationships rather than their conflation is a key tenet of social reproduction theory It also suffers from an unclear vision of how social reproduction theory can help us reach sexual liberation beyond vague calls to democratiseour everyday lives by building power from below Regardless the debates themselves are exciting and fairly cutting edge There's an inspiring enthusiasm and passion in this volume that reflects the real exciting possibilities for this theory to intervene in gaps and developments that have been plaguing Marxism for its whole existence The eureka feeling I had when I first read Lise Vogel feels warranted than ever

  3. Malcolm Malcolm says:

    One the most interesting if frustrating stands of left theory and practice in the 1980s was the heated debate around Marxist feminisms with its multiple strands emerging out of working class activism and associated intellectual developments in the 1970s critical of a universalising dominant tendency in much feminist work a class critiue paralleling critiues from women of colour as well as a failure by most Marxist tendencies to address uestions of sex and gender The work developed some powerful critiues most widely seen in Lise Vogel’s incredibly influential 1983 Marxism and the Oppression of Women and Michèle Barrett’s 1980 Women’s Oppression Today both re released with extra material in the last few years This invigorating work got stuck in what seemed to be irreconcilable ruts associated with dual systems theory with the domestic labour debate and related tendenciesIn recent years we’ve seen a return to many of these debates through a rethinking of the issues and rearticulation of the issues through a simple uestion about a fundamental aspect of Marx’s work that he refers to but seems to set aside for later work I hope he did even if he didn’t get to it In his most mature work Capital Marx explores the nature of commodities as his way into the characteristics of capitalism noting the one problematic commodity labour power The problem simply and crudely there is it than this is that labour power the only thing workers have to ‘sell’ is a commodity but one that must pre exist capitalism so cannot be produced by capitalism it has to exist for capitalism to exist so where does this non capitalist commodity essential to capitalism come from? Perhaps workers made a gradual transition from pre capitalist to capitalist formations – but things like the brutal eviction of agricultural labourers the sudden shock of colonial dispossession and the like suggests that is wishful thinking It was here that Marxist feminist analyses with a focus on the reproduction of the working class came back to the fore The problem with readings of Capital centred on production is that this problem of the making of labour power as a commodity exists beyond production – but a focus on reproduction allows us to look at the making of labour power This development was a major recrafting of Marxist feminist thinking and focus away from the mid to late 1980s rut of the domestic labour debate to build on those issues and look broadly at social reproduction In some areas the uestions are fairly well developed – we’ve been wrangling for years with issues of gender and reproduction; women of colour think Angela Davis Toni Morrison in different ways have been challenging the whiteness of these domestic labour uestions; autonomist Marxists have since the 1960s been working with notions of the social factory; some of the conceptual debates have been grappled with for 30 or years – but other areas are very new sexuality is a difficult area in Marxist analysis feminist or otherwise while generation is a real challenge This exceptional collection of essays takes us into current thinking in some of these issues and in doing so both opens up the field and exposes much of its uneven nessThe collection is structured to work from the ‘ mature’ to the newer Salar Mohandesi and Emma Teitelman’s essay appealed to my historian self where they pose the uestion what happens to US history there is a powerful North American focus throughout if we shift its central focus from economic production to social reproduction and in doing so reshape a periodisation and recast the motives and drivers of a capitalist order in suggestive ways it is 30 pages there is a lot they can’t do When read alongside Tithi Bhattacharya’s substantive essay she also wrote a compelling introduction which alongside Nancy Fraser’s richly evocative framing essay charts the problems extremely well suggesting two cycles in capitalism – one productive the one we know from Marx and one reproductive – intersecting at the point of production this essay suggests a powerful rethinking of capitalist society Likewise David McNally’s critical Hegelian dialectical unpacking of a Marxist feministintersectionality interrelation constitutes a profound critiue of intersectionality while showing its importance as a tool to think with and in doing so mounts a convincing argument to rethink Angela Davis’s Women Race Class and its insights Of the later essays it might be that it is a key area of my work Susan Ferguson’s discussion of childhood and capitalism resonated in ways that have challenged me to uestion some of the key assumptions underpinning some current debates while shoring up aspects of my critiue of romanticising views of childhood Less convincing were Serap Saritas Oran’s exploration of pensions and Alan Sear’s on sexuality – but in both cases their uestions are much less developed and especially in the case of pensions pose extremely challenging problems of political economy The decolonial in me liked Carmen Teeple Hopkins argument that the experiences of migrant women domestic workers show clearly that we need to rethink spatial aspects of these uestions and especially the presumption that reproductive work takes place ‘in the home’ here are women the majority of the ‘social reproduction’ workforce paid and unpaid for whom ‘the home’ is not a place of community and security as is not for many women but these women are distinctive if they are ‘live in’ that the home is their place of paid work It’s not the most convincing of arguments given the specific characteristics of the small scale underpinning research project but the uestions and challenges are significant and important All in all the collection marks both an important statement of where this recently reinvigorated area of theory and practice in struggle has sharpened its key points It is also a rich introduction for new readers – some of the chapters will be challenging take your time but they do not necessarily presume a background in the area McNally’s and Bhattacharya’s are perhaps most distinctive in their basis in dialectical reasoning and in political economy respectively but they lay out their practice clearly There is much here to inspire those of us who’ve been around these issues longer than we care to admit and those for whom the complexity of our social order needs explication Amid all of this there is a profound disruption of much left social theory that continues to work with productivist models that explore only part of the world we’re inHighly recommended to the point of essential

  4. David Anderson David Anderson says:

    Social Reproduction Theory SRT is a most promising development in Marxist Theory that seeks to broaden it by exploring concrete conditions under which labor power is produced and reproduced by incorporating insights from Marxist Feminism and Intersectionality Theory SRT deepens our understanding of the ways in which social oppressions of race sexuality ability gender and inhabit shape and are shaped by the processes of creating labor power for capital SRT gounds the insights of intersectionality theory in a dynamic theory that seeks to demonstrate that the different forms of oppression are deeply interrelated and interwoven and co constitutive not totally separate systems of oppression that sometimes intersect Intersectionality theory suffers theoretically from this static metaphor of the intersection which does not convey adeuately the intricate and dynamic interrelations between these different forms of oppression David McNally's essay on Intersections and Dialectics does great job of detailing the differences between the two theories and critiuing intersectionality theory Other essays demonstrate the strength of SRT by using it to explore various issues from housework and paid domestic labor to pensions and the welfare state to even the raising of children and sexuality ie the social reproduction of heteronormativity A must read for all progressives

  5. Yasemin Dildar Yasemin Dildar says:

    This was a great collection of essays focusing on old uestions of Marxist Feminism with new insights I'm particularly impressed by David McNally's essay on Intersections and Dialectics From that partFrom the standpoint of the effect radicalized capitalism we can say definitely that racism is a necessary feature of the historical capitalism in which we live The effect has thus become a cause and it is systematically reproduced in and through the reproduction of the capitalist mode of production In the single historically created system in which we live all of these relations of social power from gender racial and sexual domination to capitalist exploitation form a complex social whole one in which each of the individual moments is essentially the totality of the whole This it seems to me precisely what Bannerji intends when she urges that 'race' cannot be disarticulated from 'class' any than milk can be separated from coffee once they are mixed or the body divorced from consciousness in a living person These relations do not need to be brought into intersection because each is already inside the other co constituting one another to their very core Rather than standing at intersections we stand in the river of life where multiple creeks and steams have converged into a complex pulsating system

  6. Al Al says:

    This book is a collection of essays on the Theory of Social Reproduction the relevance of which is summarized by two uotes from the beginning of the book“If workers' labor produces all the wealth in society who then produces the worker? Put another way What kinds of processes enable the worker to arrive at the doors of her place of work every day so that she can produce the wealth of society? What role did breakfast play in her work readiness? What about a good night's sleep?” —Tithi Bhattacharya “the logic of economic production overrides that of social reproduction destabilizing the very social processes on which capital depends compromising the social capacities both domestic and public that are needed to sustain accumulation over the long term Destroying its own conditions of possibility capital accumulation dynamic effectively eats its own tail”—Nancy Fraser These essays illuminate the obscene euality we are experiencing today the increasing pressures on working and lower middle classes that fall especially hard on women Much of the content is framed in terms of class war If you are interested in gaining a new perspective on the socio economic pathologies of our time and hopeful examples of pushing back on harmful trends this book is a must read

  7. Becky Ellis Becky Ellis says:

    This book outlines the role that social reproduction plays within capitalism as both a site of oppression and a site of potential resistance I read it in my 'Feminism for the 99%' reading group and we found that it ignited interesting and thoughtful discussion We especially enjoyed discussing the chapter on children and the chapter on sexuality Cinzia Arruzza's final chapter was a passionate call to arms to an expansion of class struggle to the struggles of everyday life After discussing that chapter the members of my reading group felt extremely inspired to act

  8. Lachie McCracken Lachie McCracken says:

    Great book that restructures some of Marx's ideas to include modern struggles of the working class

  9. Erika Erika says:

    Forever changed the framework of my politics

  10. Lowell Paige Bander Lowell Paige Bander says:

    So sense and academic and theoretical and long winded I couldn't get through it

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