Feminist Economics Workshop 27 February 2013Over the past thirty years, despitetheir being essential to human life,neoliberal restructuring across theworld has privatised, eroded anddemolished our shared resources,and ushered in a ‘crisis of socialreproduction.’‘Cuts are a Feminist Issue’, Soundings (Dec 2011), p.73.
The term social reproduction encompasses Labour in this sphere is often devaluedall the means by which society reproduces and privatised, and is typicallyits families, citizens and workers. It includes performed by women in their ‘doubleall the labour that is necessary for a society day’ or ‘second shift’, alongside paidto reproduce itself: the biological wage labour. But reproductive labourproduction of people and workers, and all of this kind is just as central tothe social practices that sustain the capitalist accumulation as are otherpopulation – bearing children, raising forms of labour, which means thatchildren, performing emotional work, struggles over its structure andproviding clothing and food, and cooking distribution are fundamental to anyand cleaning. understanding of issues of power and the relationships between labour andAs a concept social reproduction has been capital, as well as the potential forkey to feminist social theory, because it their transformation.challenges the usual distinctions that aremade between productive andreproductive labour, or between the labourmarket and the home.