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Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279907.001.0001

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The Domestic Labour Debate

The Domestic Labour Debate

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(p.45) 2 The Domestic Labour Debate
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Care, Gender, and Justice
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Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279907.003.0003

This chapter discusses the domestic labour debate which arose in the late 1960s as an attempt by Marxist feminists to provide an account of the oppression of women in capitalist societies. The domestic labour debate is interesting because it consists of a collective, controversially discussed attempt to come up with a materialist analysis of women's unpaid labour, and because it provides a case study about the difficulty of developing a feminist analysis of any aspect of women's lives and condition within a male-biased theoretical framework. The chapter concludes that feminists could have used Marx's thoughts and ideas of work and exploitation to advance their cause.

Keywords:   domestic labour debate, Marxist feminists, Marx, unpaid labour, exploitation of women

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