Written in by Leopoldina Fortunati, this rigorous account of reproductive labor under capitalism has long been underappreciated within. The Arcane of Reproduction Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital by Leopoldina Fortunati. Reviewed by Kersplebedeb. This is important. Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital [Leopoldina Fortunati] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of Italy’s.

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It has many specific characteristics that make the production of human beings different than the production of television sets, but both are forms of work determined by capitalism, in which indirectly or directly the capitalist reprodhction exploits the worker.

Written in by Leopoldina Fortunati, this rigorous account of reproductive labor under capitalism has long been underappreciated within the larger Marxist tradition. It did offer a very thorough analysis of reproductive labor, however. Of course these feelings are often mixed with patriarchal feelings of family loyalty, control and posessiveness[ 6 ], but inconsistently, and they often retain and realize the potential to develop in a liberatory direction.

Life is too short to waste time on bad writing. Not only is it naturalized, but it must remain naturalized. Yet even assuming this is so, that Fortunati would agree with this extention of her argument, i still see problems on the horizon….

And yet there are serious problems here, which i will discuss a little later on…. It is an exaggeration for the sake of argument, to explore the far edges of where i see her logic going, made in order to underline a previous point: Published June 1st by Autonomedia first published June 1st This money does not function as capital teproduction him, leopolidna in the gortunati two cases it also buys the work done as a commodity, it only functions as money, reproductlon a means of circulation.

I was left wondering whether the points she makes requir The writing was not “bad” per se, but just completely in Marxist jargon, which made it difficult to follow at times. Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Especially for this reason, I hope to contribute to making this text understood, by breaking its system down into component parts and performing a brief reassemblage. In other words, whether the non-directly waged work of reproduction is in fact productive is neither here nor there.

While capitalism may impose a structurally unequal exchange between houseworker and waged worker, there is room for a lot of variation in how this plays out, and a lot of room to manoeuver.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Oct 21, Valerie Baber rated it did not like it Shelves: Beatrix M rated it really liked it Apr fortunwti, Marx himself cortunati between two circuits inherent to the wage-relation, but left one of the most important aspects of the circuit incomplete.

The other side of the coin being that her argument also lets us off the hook for creating and maintaining bad relationships.

The Arcane of Reproduction by Leopoldina Fortunati – Reviewed by Kersplebedeb – Kersplebedeb

An interesting example of the difference between these two things is reproduction in the sense of childbirth. The rolling back of social gains is precisely what restructuring under conditions of crisis renders inevitable without sustained resistance from below. While i know that there is an element of truth, a factual insight of sorts, in this way of seeing things [ 1 ], fo begs as many questions as it answers, for instance there is tthe discussion of how this labour sex work is different than other activities that make people feel good or relieve their stress i.

Rproduction, Women are tending to ask for more than “love” in their relationships with men. Fortunafi we can now see why it was necessary to make this work appear as work by theorizing it as productive. It is so much like work that it ought to be paid and in fact often is. Rebecca rated it really liked it Feb 17, I’d be happy to get it off my hands. Karl Marx, CapitalVolume 1trans. In the context of the Wages for Housework movement, this is entirely relegated to wives, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters, all of whom are assigned both the female gender rwproduction this form of labor-power, by virtue of its structurally enforced necessity within the wage-relation.

All of these are essential parts of the anti-capitalist struggle within the family, and all of these are essential developments in a struggle against patriarchy, but they are just one side of struggle.

2.1 The Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital by Leopoldina Fortunati

Often intellectuals within this tradition insist that regardless of divisions within it, the working class is in fact unitary. The proof of this lies in his assumption that the history of white male adult labor-power is synonymous with the the lwopoldina of the entire working class, or, if not synonymous, at least representative of the main trend. Marx also never really understood the history of the liberation of labor-power.


It is worth repeating this in plain english, because it has important consequences. These, however, are not one and the same moments occurring in the same time and place, but rather an aspect of reproduction occurring in dual spheres, separated in time and space within the same mode of production. Furthermore, even to its most practical and well-meaning critics, the actual relationship between gender and capitalist social relations remains an enigma.

As I have already mentioned, within this schema we find an analogous form of labor-power, which belongs specifically to reproductive workers -— typically women.

While perhaps groundbreaking from the vantage point of traditional Marxist theory, this position has been staked out and defended by feminists since god-knows-when. While they may often be co-opted by the State and re-integrated within capitalism, this is neither automatic nor total, and we need more clarity not less in order to be able to struggle effectively on this terrain.

The book scrutinizes the lack of value in human reproduction in a modern capitalist society Cultural Writing. Women reproduce people, everyone else just produces things.

It is clear from this passage that the consumption of the use-value of labor-power, that is, its capacity to transform the value of dead labor through living labor into a greater quantity of value, takes place in the process of production. Let us not forget generational reproduction, which is the process through which another generation of the proletariat is reproduced for years until it can enter the market and enter the circuit of waged labor.

I don’t think she’s wrong about reproduction being the non-value that produces value, but there are only small hints near the end of what would have made this book exciting and complete to me.

This value is so high that many families often gave up or got rid of their female children to try again for a boy child. Fortunati seemed rreproduction have forgotten to include when composing this. To ask other readers questions about Arcane of Reproductionplease sign up.