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Fernandes, Marianna, Lupo, Luisa, Benya, Asanda, Dedeoğlu, Saniye, Mezzadri, Alessandra and Prügl, Elisabeth (2023) 'Social reproduction, women’s labour and systems of life: A conversation.' Dialogues in Human Geography, 13 (3). pp. 473-483.

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Abstract

This conversation brings together feminist scholars from various backgrounds and epistemological traditions around a central topic in feminist debates that is today more relevant than ever, social reproduction. It begins by examining social reproduction as a concept and its entanglements with the dynamics of global capitalism from human geography and feminist international political economy perspectives. We ask, what does the lens of social reproduction bring to light? We discuss how social reproduction is a fundamentally political concept that bridges classic labour struggles with demands around housing, service provision and the reproduction of life in general. As a concept, it makes visible the systems of life that support the labour process, both daily and intergenerationally, in sites of production along global supply chains, from the garment industry, to mining and agriculture. Nevertheless, there is a need to consider how gendered dichotomies of productive and reproductive that underpin its modern origin may or may not undermine this concept and to rethink how, ultimately, we organise around social reproductive struggles. The conversation took place in June 2022 and has been edited for clarity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Feminist politics, global capitalism, labouring women, social reproduction, solidarities
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 20438206
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1177/20438206231177072
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2023 08:38
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/39598

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