Reproduction, production and the sexual division of labour.

Author:

Benerıa, L.

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Date:

1978

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Theme:

Gender, Work & Livelihoods

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Benerıa, L. (1978). Reproduction, production and the sexual division of labour: Geneva: International Labour Office. pp. 203-225.

This paper elaborates on idea that focal point of women’s economic activities is provided by their special role in the reproduction of the labour force and focuses primarily on the Global South and rural women. The author argues that women’s role in reproduction lies at the root of their subordination, the extent and nature of their participation in production, and the sexual division of labour. However, only biological reproduction is necessarily linked with women's specific reproductive functions because of the control exercised over women's reproductive activities. Elimination of women's subordination implies not only sharing between men and women of child rearing and domestic labour, but also the full participation of women in non-home production and in the appropriation of society's output.