Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts
Chapter 2: The production of life itself: gender, social reproduction and IPE
This chapter examines social reproduction and the challenges it poses and the contributions it makes to international political economy. In critiquing political economy (both mainstream and Marxist) for its failure to include social reproduction, feminist political economy has developed alternative perspectives that start from the centrality of social reproduction. Claiming that the production of people, meeting human needs and fostering their well-being should be the driving force of economics, rather than production for markets and private profits – the processes of capital accumulation, it argues that political economy must be reworked to recognize the centrality of social reproduction. The chapter examines the conceptual development of social reproduction, explores the current debates about its significance and use, and identifies its contribution to anti-racist feminist activists.
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