Social Reproduction Theory

What is Social Reproduction Theory?

In this short video, Tithi Bhattacharya, editor of Social Reproduction Theory (Pluto, 2017), discusses 'SRT', and the question of who produces the worker under capitalism?


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Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression

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This groundbreaking collection explores the profound power of Social Reproduction Theory to deepen our understanding of everyday life under capitalism. While many Marxists tend to focus on the productive economy, this book focuses on issues such as child care, health care, education, family life and the roles of gender, race and sexuality, all of which are central to understanding the relationship between economic exploitation and social oppression.

In this book, leading writers such as Lise Vogel, Nancy Fraser, David McNally and Susan Ferguson reveal the ways in which daily and generational reproductive labour, found in households, schools, hospitals and prisons, also sustains the drive for accumulation. 

Presenting a more sophisticated alternative to intersectionality, these essays provide ideas which have important strategic implications for anti-capitalists, anti-racists and feminists attempting to find a path through the seemingly ever more complex world we live in.


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What is Social Reproduction Theory?

If labor power produces value, how is labor power itself produced? Surely workers do not spring from the ground to arrive at the marketplace, fresh and ready to sell their labor power to the capitalist. Read the Full Article Here.

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How Not To Skip Class: Social Reproduction of Labor and the Global Working Class

In this essay, I will refute a spurious conception of class by reactivating fundamental Marxist insights about class formation that have been obscured by four decades of neoliberalism and the many defeats of the global working class.  Read the Full Article Here.

Social Reproduction Theory: Conceiving Capital as Social Relation

Tithi speaking during Session Five of Capital.150 Conference. 20 September 2017 on Social reproduction theory,