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Gender and Social Reproduction1
Gender and Social Reproduction
Amy De'Ath

In 2012, the materialist feminist LIES collective wrote, ‘everything we write will be used against us’.2 They had good reason to be wary, for not only have materialist-and Marxist-feminisms been stifled, since their beginnings in Italy in the early 1970s, by a poststructuralist investment in the linguistic and the discursive in the wake of May 1968 and its failures. The happy re-emergence of what is becoming known by the more expansive moniker of social reproduction theory meets its predictable checkpoints today in a male-dominated Marxian theory where any departure from a purely economistic approach to the critique of political economy is treated with suspicion or as so-called ‘soft’ theory.3 On the other ...

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