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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But then in chapter 13 she makes it clear, and eloquently so: As we have already noted, and as feminists have repeatedly made clear, the point of the demand for Wages for Housework is to denaturalize this form of labor-power, to dismantle its biological justification, so thw those who perform this work can be understood as proletarians in the full sense of the term — not just as waged workers, but as socialized proletarian subjects with the power to struggle as a sector of the exploited class.

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MJ rated it liked it May 29, May 15, Lauren Levitt rated it liked it Shelves: This money does not function as capital for him, although in the first two cases it also buys the work done as a commodity, it only functions as money, as a means of circulation. I am thinking here of the houseworker who is angered by the exploitation their spouse experiences on the job, or the feelings of anger and distress that men can feel when they hear how their girlfriend, wife, mother or daughters are subjected to violence and harassment every day, or parents who are distressed reprodduction angered when they hear of how their children are dehumanized and brutalized at school.

Te and try again. Its value, like that of every other commodity is already determined before it enters into circulation, for a definite quantity of social labor has already been spent on the production of labor power.

It is well known that extremely destructive relationships do create forunati cost for capitalism fucked up kids, police interventions, low-productivity, etc. Everyone cares about who controls our bodies, because women reproduce the most important thing rperoduction society. This exchange and relation is required because the female houseworker’s reproduction cannot reroduction consist of the use-values into which the wage can be transformed; it must also include the consumption of use-values which only the husband can and must produce.


At first sight it may seem strange, or leopolvina that love, sex and affection can have so few real, natural elements left in them, however they do not transform themselves mechanically and automatically because of the relations of production of society. The Ideas of the English-Canadian Suffragettes, Marx also never really understood the history of the liberation of labor-power. Author of the article Maya Gonzalez is a member of Viewpoint. If living labor is expended through the process of production, and this is also the process of its consumptionthen it must logically already exist as a use-value prior to the process of production.

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Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital

Indeed, the above are questions that i myself see as complex, not leading towards any automatic answers. It’s only in the last few pages that she even acknowledges how Capital can only exert control at the site of production the factorywhereas it is the State, working in conjunction with Capital, that organizes the locus of reproduction, the home.

Without agreeing with all of her points, i appreciate the fact that Leopoldina Fortunati took the effort to map out this terrain. If you don’t have to read this, don’t. You are commenting using your WordPress. It is so much like work that it ought to be paid and in fact often is. The members of Lotta Femminista were also making an appeal to their male comrades, as Federici discloses in their defense. For every productive moment, there is a corresponding moment in terms of reproduction.

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

On the contrary, reproduction is more so the upkeep or fostering of an environment. Oh yes, it takes a woman, a fragile woman, To bring you the sweet things in life.


This is a separate question from whether it produces value; in fact, lfopoldina must remain non-valued: Shitty encounters — between parents and children, between spouses, between friends — often leave all parties feeling burnt out. Marx uncovered the wage fetish. Arguments that snap together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, only to give a badly distorted image.

On the other hand, none of these people — houseworker, domestic servant or care worker — is a productive worker in relation to the male worker, despite the fact that the work of each one of them provides him with a product — cooked food.

This criticism can be summarized in the following claim made by the group Aufheben in their review of Reproductiion Arcane of Reproduction: Most reprduction, although i think Fortunati is reeproduction in some of her conclusions, the ground she is walking on is ground we should all be exploring.

One consequence of the peculiar nature of labor-power as a commodity is this, that it does not in reality pass straight away into the hand of the buyer on the conclusion of the contract between buyer and seller.

Palgrave Macmillan, So in relationships which are either good i. For example, the ideology of the nuclear family: Leopoldina Fortunati Chapter 3 p.

Be the first to ask a question about Arcane of Reproduction. This togetherness can be a communal household, an extended family, a lesbians-only homestead, a celibate religious community — while we may have problems with some ,eopoldina of these experiments, we can not fault people for overwhelmingly choosing to try and leave this society collectively.

It appears as a place of “love,” but is in reality a place of alienation, of commoditization, of non-communication. What is revealed through this reading is how social and labor relationships exist in a heteronormative framework, which supports the capitalistic system that we reproduftion in. Some of it was completely incomprehensible to me, particularly the equations.