Contemporary social and political theorists generally recognise
that Marx and Engels’ critical analysis of capitalist society centres
on the production of value through the production of things. However,
what is often unrecognised in considerations of Marx and Engels is how
their analysis is based on the interrelation of production and reproduction.
Nevertheless, the implications of this interrelation for feminist critique
are explored in the writings of Marx and Engels only tangentially.
These implications are developed from Marx’s analysis by Leopoldina
Fortunati and Silvia Federici into a singular synthesis of the Marxist and
feminist modes of critique. This development deserves greater recognition,
and this essay will seek to articulate how the social implications
of this interrelation (1) are expressed to a limited extent in the classical
texts of Marxism and (2) are developed by Fortunati and Federici into
the analytic framework of social reproduction as the core of Marxist-feminist