Linking class and gender theory
Date Written: 07/12/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23246
A detailed review of "Social Reproduction Theory" an essay collection edited by Tithi Bhattacharya. Contributors include Nancy Fraser, Salar Mohandesi and Emma Teitelman, Susan Ferguson, Carman Teeple Hopkins, Serap Saritas Oran and Alan Sears.
In her Introduction, Bhattacharya says that she hopes Social Reproduction Theory will contribute to "practicing critical thinking in open and exploratory ways to combat the challenges of our sly and dangerous times", and to linking the struggles "in the sphere of production to those outside it in the sphere of reproduction".
No one today would dispute the statistics showing that women still bear the brunt of the burden of social reproduction - the task of raising the next generation within the family unit - as well as being exploited as members of the working class.
What remains contentious, however, is the question of the sorts of alliances that can and should be made in our struggle for liberation. And this is where this book is most useful: it assists in developing a deeper understanding about how class and gender oppression work together and, in so doing, it can help those active in the struggles to transform lives now while not losing sight of the longer-term aim of eradicating capitalism.
In an era when there is a renewed interest in the ideas of Karl Marx and Marxism, this is a very important discussion to be having.