Social Reproduction Theory

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Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression
How do childcare, healthcare, education, family life and the roles of gender, race and sexuality affect our lives under capitalism?


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This groundbreaking collection explores the profound power of Social Reproduction Theory to deepen our understanding of everyday life under capitalism. While many Marxists tend to focus on the productive economy, this book focuses on issues such as child care, health care, education, family life and the roles of gender, race and sexuality, all of which are central to understanding the relationship between economic exploitation and social oppression.

In this book, leading writers such as Lise Vogel, Nancy Fraser, David McNally and Susan Ferguson reveal the ways in which daily and generational reproductive labour, found in households, schools, hospitals and prisons, also sustains the drive for accumulation.

Presenting a more sophisticated alternative to intersectionality, these essays provide ideas which have important strategic implications for anti-capitalists, anti-racists and feminists attempting to find a path through the seemingly ever more complex world we live in.


  • ‘Theoretically robust and empirically grounded chapters demonstrate the enduring value of a Marxist feminist approach. A welcome collection!’ – Rosemary Hennessy, L.H. Favrot Professor of Humanities and Professor of English, Rice University, and author of Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism
  • ‘The varied and suggestive essays in this rich collection are of great value, not only to newcomers to the field, but also to those already grounded in this rich arena for inquiry and organising’ – Hester Eisenstein, author of Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labour and Ideas to Exploit the World (2009)
  • ‘A must read for those who want to go beyond the binaries and the ‘social’ conceived as an aggregation of intersecting systems or overlapping spheres. It is an ambitious project aiming for epistemologies of resistance’ – Himani Bannerji, author of The Dark Side of the Nation: Essays on Multiculturalism, Nationalism, and Gender (2000)
  • ‘A marvellous new collection’ – Jordy Rosenberg, Los Angeles Review of Books
  • ‘Every socialist needs to read it now’ – Socialist Action
  • ‘Feminist thinking about questions of social reproduction offers a much-needed break with the impasse that mainstream feminism finds itself in – and this collection provides a fantastic weapon for that task’ – Red Pepper
  • ‘Fascinating … it redraws the lines around class and gender’ – Green Left Weekly

About the Author:
Tithi Bhattacharya is a Marxist historian and activist, writing extensively on gender and the politics of Islamophobia. She has been active in movements for social justice throughout her life, spearheading campaigns across three continents. She is the Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University and the author of The Sentinels of Culture (OUP, 2005). She is on the editorial board of Spectre. She is the editor of Social Reproduction Theory (Pluto, 2017).

Weight 502 g
Dimensions 21.5 × 13.5 × 2 cm