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A superb introduction to the prospect of opening our idea of the working class to include non-waged workers, specifically women who work in the home. A simple idea with profound revolutionary consequences. If the workers of the world are not all in the factory, and are not all men, where does that leave us?
Paperback, 79 pages
Published June 15th 1975 by Falling Wall Press Ltd
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James Tracy
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The idea that unpaid care work (family, house etc.) actually helps keep capitalism going seemed like a great stretch to me when I first read this, about fifteen years ago. Now it just seems like common-sense and a truly useful insight into political economy. Activists and organizers who are truly concerned with class and gender issues should read this. The only parts I disagree with are where it seems as if James belittles community and family as just capitalist constructs. Actually community ...more
Damian Reyes
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Son los hombres esclavos del sistema? ¿Son las mujeres esclavas de esclavos? El papel de la mujer, como elemento subversivo, de apertura para una lucha no solo por la igualdad de género, sino para la lucha de clases. Es una lectura de la cual se ganaría mucho si fuera indispensable en la formación de cualquier ser humano del planeta.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Incredible and moving and now becoming a pillar of my theoretical framing - but they also really really need a better understanding of race lol
Arelis Uribe
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Bonito libro diagnóstico para entender por qué la división capitalista no es entre burgueses y proletarios; sino también entre trabajadores asalariados y no asalariados: entre hombres y mujeres. El capitalismo descansa su estructura en la base de que los hombres sean productivos y las mujeres produzcan sin remuneración todo lo que necesario en el espacio doméstico para que los hombres puedan producir asalariadamente. La invitación de Mariarosa Dalla Costa es a destruir la familia y como ...more
Tom L
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This classic pamphlet of Marxist-feminism convincingly and persuasively puts gender relations at the centre of its analysis of capitalism and modern experience. It is an important document in the Wages for Housework movement and continues to exert and influence contemporary interpretations of social (re)production and the various struggles fought out there. Food for thought--and practice!
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was completely energizing and one of my new favorite pieces of feminist writing. It's a short one (goodreads lists it at 79 pages) that really packs a punch. Read it here.
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Important document regarding the "wages for housework" movement. Not quite simply just about being paid for housework, but instead about disrupting the entire notions of wages altogether. An important text that tempers much of the inherent sexism that underlies much autonomous Marxist theory.
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A good essay detailing why women have typically been excluded from the labor movement due to their unique role in the production process as condoned to domestic labor exclusively (a social prerequisite to exploitive wage labor) and its isolationist nature creating the conditions for power imbalances in the capitalist family unit. While it may be a little dated the same principles hold and even if domestic and wage parity was achieved it would not change the critics within regarding the limits of ...more
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“The final proof that this alien indoctrination which begins in nursery
school is based on the splitting of the family is that those working class
children who arrive (those few who do arrive) at university are so brainwashed
that they are unable any longer to talk to their community.
Working class children then are the first who instinctively rebel against
schools and the education provided in schools. But their parents carry
them to schools and confine them to schools because they are concerned
that their children should “have an education”, that is, be equipped to
escape the assembly line or the kitchen to which they, the parents, are
confined. If a working class child shows particular aptitudes, the whole
family immediately concentrates on this child, gives him the best conditions,
often sacrificing the others, hoping and gambling that he will carry
them all out of the working class. This in effect becomes the way capital
moves through the aspirations of the parents to enlist their help in disciplining
fresh labor power.”
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