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Social Reproduction

The Source of Life in Capitalism

Author(s): Gergely Csányi, Ágnes Gagyi, Ágnes Kerékgyártó
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Anthropology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Economy, Gender Studies, Sociology, Social Theory, Family and social welfare, Demography and human biology, Welfare services, Social Norms / Social Control
Published by: Fordulat
Keywords: social reproduction; gender;gender studies;reproductive labour;world-system analysis;

Summary/Abstract: The process during which the reproduction of life is integrated into capitalist production is usually referred to as reproduction, social reproduction, or reproductive labour. These concepts include the process during which capitalism transforms and makes use of the practices of love, sex, care and housework in a way that they fit the logic of capitalist accumulation. In our paper, we summarise the theoretical history of social reproduction: following the original concept of social reproduction of Marx and Engels, we look at ensuing waves of research using and critiquing this concept – feminist research, world-systems-focused research, research focusing on informal labour, peasants, or the exploitation of nature. Then we pose the question of what we may gain from these approaches for the understanding of Eastern-European social relations.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 5-29
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Hungarian