Women and Work
Feminism, Labour, and Social Reproduction
To understand these divergent approaches, Susan Ferguson looks at the ideas that have inspired women to protest, exploring the ways in which feminists have placed work at the centre of their struggle for emancipation. Two distinct trajectories emerge: 'equality feminism' and 'social reproduction feminism'. Ferguson argues that socialists have too often embraced the 'liberal' tendencies of equality feminism, while neglecting the insights of social reproduction feminism.
Engaging with feminist anti-work critiques, Ferguson proposes that women's emancipation depends upon a radical reimagining of all labour and advocates for a renewed social reproduction framework as a powerful basis for an inclusive feminist politics.
Susan Ferguson is Associate Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, teaching Youth and Children's Studies and Digital Media and Journalism.
'A masterful analysis of three centuries of feminist deliberations on work, carefully tracing how the fault lines of social-reproduction theory emerged'- 'Historical Materialism'
1. The Labour Lens
Part I: Three Trajectories
2. The Rational-Humanist Roots of Equality Feminism
3. Socialist Feminism: Two Approaches to Understanding Women's Work
4. Equal Work for and against Capital
5. Anti-Racist Feminism and Women's Work
Part II: Social Reproduction Feminism
6. A Political Economy of 'Women's Work': Producing Patriarchal Capitalism
7. Renewing Social Reproduction Feminism
8. The Social Reproduction Strike: Life-Making Beyond Capitalism
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745338729
eBook ISBN: 9781786804280
135mm x 215mm