Care under Capitalism: The crisis of “Women's work”.

Author:

Hester, H.

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Date:

2018

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Theme:

Gender, Work & Livelihoods

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Hester, H. (2018). Care under Capitalism: The crisis of “Women's work”. Progressive Review, 24(4), pp. 344–35.

This article seeks to address the integrated crisis of work, home, and community by considering the current conditions around remunerated reproductive labour (particularly the ‘feminised labour’ of care work), and by reflecting on the state of unpaid reproductive labour. The article argues that this contemporary ‘crisis of work’ will not be resolved through social policy. Instead, feminist approaches must advocate for substantial systematic change. Such change must be inclusive, driven by those delivering and/or in receipt of care, and committed to the social revaluation, redistribution, and the reduction of the most burdensome elements of reproductive labour.