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Social reproduction as the reproduction of capitalism

Hadas Weiss

Focaal' s recent Forum discussion, prompted by Jan Newberry and Rachel Rosen's (2020) “Women and children together and apart: Finding the time for social reproduction theory,” takes a fresh view on finance capitalism by foregrounding its

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Householding and social reproduction

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Deborah James

The central premise of this article can hardly be questioned: that the theoretical discussion of reproductive labor is “unfinished.” Whether one calls it unpaid work, unfree labor, care, or social reproduction, the topic seems increasingly to

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Social reproduction, situated politics, and The Will to Improve

Tania Murray Li

In this essay I briefly explore three themes I find important for an engaged anthropology of development. First, social reproduction: Anthropologists have a long track record of examining processes of social reproduction—how it is that particular patterns of inequality are actively sustained through practices and relations at multiple scales (Smith 1999).

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Women and Children in social reproduction and the global womb

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Olga Nieuwenhuys

, intrigued me. The piece is interesting because it contributes to resuscitate social reproduction theory, a conceptual framework that has only recently been rescued from the academic limbo to which it had been relegated since the 1980s under the influence of

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Examining the Dynamics of Energy Demand through a Biographical Lens

Catherine Butler, Karen Anne Parkhill, Fiona Shirani, Karen Henwood, and Nick Pidgeon

It is widely recognized that a major challenge in low carbon transitioning is the reduction of energy consumption. This implies a significant level of transformation in our ways of living, meaning the challenge is one that runs deep into the fabric of our personal lives. In this article we combine biographical research approaches with concepts from Bourdieu's practice theory to develop understanding of processes of change that embed particular patterns of energy consumption. Through an analysis of “case biographies” we show the value of biographical methods for understanding the dynamics of energy demand.

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Reclaiming Meillassoux for the age of financialization

Hadas Weiss

function on any other level. Meillassoux made it his life’s work to foreground production and its counterpart, social reproduction, as touchstones for explaining all other social phenomena. Yet, the face of anthropology has not been changed, while

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In/ter/dependence: An afterword

Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff

which this fine clutch of articles speaks. That preoccupation is a symptom of a global shift in long-standing liberal configurations of gender, labor, and social reproduction. Thus, for example, Ståle Wig—who, like others, argues that the self

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Women and children together and apart

Finding the time for social reproduction theory

Jan Newberry and Rachel Rosen

Newberry 2018 ). A central aim of our joint work is to keep those positioned as women and those positioned as children within the frame. 1 We seek to understand children's active participation in the labor of social reproduction while bringing forward

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The Janus face of austerity politics

Autonomy and dependence in contemporary Spain

Susana Narotzky

(stable labor) and income (retirement pensions). This configures a complex and contradictory map of responsibilities and ultimately poses the question of the sustainability of the social system. This article is an enquiry into social reproduction

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Surplus population in-situ

Brick kiln labor and the production of idle time

Pratik Mishra

intersection of other labor relations, namely, piece-rate wages, debt bondage, and capital's control over social reproduction space and time. The conjunction of these labor relations plus how much involuntary idle time workers must contend with within the work