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By G. Cassano

Home/Front examines the gendered exploitation of work within the loved ones from a postmodern Marxian point of view. The authors of this quantity use the anti-foundationalist Marxian fiscal theories first formulated through Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff to discover strength, domination, and exploitation within the smooth loved ones.

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In the feudal households we have described, the labor performed by women (necessary plus surplus) can be conceptualized quantitatively: hours of shopping, preparing food, cleaning, repairing, serving, counseling, and so forth. 8 We may suppose that three hours per day are necessary labor, the quantity needed to reproduce the housewife’s own existence as a performer of household feudal labor. Then the other five hours would be the surplus labor she performs for her husband. The woman uses household means of production to provide surplus to the man in the form of services, products, or cash.

Even without the internal contradictions of economic processes within a nation state, class processes can be subverted, sustained, or transformed by international forces like migration. ” Like other contributors to this volume, early in his chapter Gabriel cites the research of Arlie Hochschild. But while others concentrate upon Hochschild’s argument in The Second Shift, Gabriel looks to The Time Bind (1997) to help make his point. Among the “white collar” workers she studied at a Fortune 500 company in California, Hochschild found that women and men alike increasingly came to see home as work, while corporate cultures promoted the sense that work was home.

Many state laws and regulations require men only nominally to support their children financially, while they actually require women to care for children physically. Laws and informal practices blocking women’s access to birth control and abortion keep women at home caring for unplanned or unwanted children. Many nonlegal regulations and conventions diminish women’s options and so reinforce their feudal position in households. Sex discrimination in hiring and work assignments tends to keep women in lower-paid jobs.

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