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Mezzadri, Alessandra (2023) 'Social reproduction, labour exploitation and reproductive struggles for a global political economy of work.' In: Atzeni, Maurizio, Azzellini, Dario, Mezzadri, Alessandra, Moore, Phoebe and Apitzsch, Ursula, (eds.), Handbook of Research on the Global Political Economy of Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 64-73.

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Abstract

Orthodox Marxist analyses have generally excluded social reproduction activities and realms from the study of labour exploitation and value generation. This exclusion has implied that the contributions and hardship of reproductive workers has gone unrecognised. Marxist Feminist analyses, instead, have illustrated how social reproduction generates value and structures exploitation, as it literally produces workers and hence labour-power, crucial to 'make' everything else. Scaling up this argument and building on Early Social Reproduction Analyses (ESRA) - whilst also providing a brief roadmap to the various Social Reproduction Approaches (SRAs)- this chapter shows that the recognition of reproductive activities and realms as generators of value is also crucial to understand informalized employment in contemporary capitalism. Today, as processes of labour precarisation and casualisation become increasingly widespread, reproductive activities and realms not only provide unpaid housework to sustain paid work; they also directly expand exploitation rates across the world of work. The recognition of social reproduction as directly linked to exploitation and value generation allows us to establish key links between labour and reproductive struggles and provide a roadmap towards novel forms of labour organising across the productive/reproductive continuum.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Social Reproduction Approaches (SRAs); Exploitation; Value; Struggles; Housework; Informal employment
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9781839106576
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Atzeni, Maurizio, Azzellini, Dario, Mezzadri, Alessandra, Moore, Phoebe and Apitzsch, Ursula, (eds.), Handbook of Research on the Global Political Economy of Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 64-73. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4337/9781839106583.00012
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2023 08:30
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/40788
Related URLs: https://www.e-e ... 1839106576.html (Publisher URL)

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