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Social Reproduction Theory and the Socialist Horizon

Social Reproduction Theory and the Socialist Horizon

Work, Power and Political Strategy

Aaron Jaffe

Series: Mapping Social Reproduction Theory

How can we use Social Reproduction Theory to inform political strategy?

How do we integrate the theoretical underpinnings of social reproduction theory (SRT) into our understanding of the social harms inflicted upon us? How can we use it to inform our struggles and affect societal change under capitalism?

Integrating our understanding of productive and reproductive spheres and exploring the connection between identity-based oppression and class exploitation, SRT has emerged as a powerful Marxist frame for social analysis and political practice. In this book, Aaron Jaffe extracts SRT's radical potential, relying on recent struggles, including the International Women's Strike and the teachers' strikes, showing how we can use SRT to motivate socialist politics and strategy.

Using social reproduction theory to appreciate distinct forms of social domination, this unique and necessary book will have vital strategic implications for anti-capitalists, anti-racists, LGBT activists, disability activists and feminists.

Aaron Jaffe is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Arts at The Juilliard School in New York. His articles have appeared in Comparative Literature and Culture, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and other journals. He has written chapters in The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, and Critical Theories and the Budapest School.

'Timely, urgent and highly original. Jaffe provides social reproduction theory with a sustained discussion of its ethical stakes and implicit assumptions, offering important theoretical and philosophical tools to make us able to wage political struggle, and possibly win.' - Cinzia Arruzza

1. Introduction: Why Social Reproduction Theory?
2. SRT's Framework for Empirical Analyses
3. Power as Potentiality: The Critical Dimension of Labor-Power
4. The Question of Immanence: The Social Form of Labor-Power Beyond the Traps of Workerism, Ableism, and Productivism
5. SRT or Intersectionality: Classes as Differentiated Totalities
6. The Socialist Horizon of Emancipation
7. Conclusion: SRT and Political Strategy
Published by Pluto Press in Nov 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780745340548
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745340531
eBook ISBN: 9781786806369

176 pages

135mm x 215mm

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