Written in by Leopoldina Fortunati, this rigorous account of reproductive labor under capitalism has long been underappreciated within. The Arcane of Reproduction Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital by Leopoldina Fortunati. Reviewed by Kersplebedeb. This is important. Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital [Leopoldina Fortunati] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of Italy’s.

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We were discussing HIV transmission behind bars, and he told me how several transgendered prisoners whether male-to-female or drag queens i forget who worked as prostitutes while in prison had just been transferred to the prison he was being held at.

Unfortunately, for many Marxists, Fortunati included, the explanation are just not there. But for those who need to see the obvious proven using the terminology and logic of Marxist theory, i imagine that this part of her book may be satisfying, or else may give something solid to disagree with… as for me i just tried re-reading it twice and then shook my head and moved on. See Biopolitics and Social Change in Italy: There is, on the other hand, an understanding of provincialization as a stretching that underlines the need for an extension and displacement of the borders ….

Let us not forget generational reproduction, which is the process through which another generation of the proletariat is reproduced for years until it can enter the market and enter the circuit of waged labor.

Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital

I am thinking here of the houseworker who is angered by the exploitation their spouse experiences on the job, or the feelings of anger and distress that men can feel when they hear how their girlfriend, wife, mother or daughters are subjected to violence and harassment every day, or parents who are distressed and angered when they hear of how their children are dehumanized and brutalized at school.

One consequence of the peculiar nature of labor-power as a commodity is this, that it does not in reality pass straight away into the hand of the buyer on the conclusion of the contract between buyer and seller. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Lest one be tempted to morph this analysis into a Marxist retelling of the lesbian separatist stategy of withdrawing all emotional and physical support from men, it should be noted that Fortunati is smart enough to see where this would lead, and explicitly acknowledges that reproductive labour is increasingly being carried out by same-sex partners and others in non-traditional arrangements.

What, however, does it mean to us today? Only from a capitalist viewpoint being productive is a moral virtue, if not a moral imperative. Maya Gonzalez is a member of Viewpoint.

This money does not function as capital for him, although in the first two cases it also buys the work done as a commodity, it only functions as money, as a means of circulation.

Email required Address never made public. This is not foreign to Marxism; it is instead a portion of the circuit of reproduction left open-ended.

The members of Lotta Femminista were also making an appeal to their male comrades, as Federici discloses in their defense. While these aspects of the capitalist totality are insufficiently theorized by Marxists, they are absolutely imperative to understanding the reproducibility of a system based upon the accumulation of value and the exploitation of wage-labor.

Again, Arcane of Reproduction is not that book. Indeed, the only members of the working class most left communists will ever consider to be bought off by capital are those who belong to other left-wing sects!

Rather, by showing that capitalism is complicit in these problems, one explains part of what is happeneing at the moment, in this society, in this system which is both patriarchal is a very specific way and also capitalist in an equally specific way.

I was left wondering whether the points she makes require a whole book or if they could have just been explained in a single, shorter piece of writing. This is part and parcel of the post-Fordist turn towards feminized production and uneven development globally — a discussion far beyond the scope of this review, yet theorized most recently by Federici and Dalla Costa.

Of course, this cost for capitalism is more than made up for by the incredible benefits it gets from the exploitation of women both in the family and in the lowest paying jobs, both of which come as part of the same big patriarchal package deal.


The Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital

Yet even assuming this is so, that Fortunati would agree with this extention of her argument, i still see problems on the horizon…. In this regard Wages for Housework and its complementary theoretical strategy can be understood as a political move to mobilize women and male communists around the reproductive sector.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Most importantly, although i think Fortunati is wrong in some of her conclusions, the ground she is walking on is ground we should all be exploring. The realization that a few pieces of the puzzle were missing all along, are still missing. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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The Arcane of Reproduction by Leopoldina Fortunati – Reviewed by Kersplebedeb – Kersplebedeb

These questions, expertly addressed throughout The Arcane of Reproductionare at the heart of Marxist-Feminist interpretations. Women reproduce people, leopoldia else just produces things. Yes, add me to your mailing list. This book deserves both a five for creativity and a one for badly written dense language, so a three is what it gets.

Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital by Leopoldina Fortunati

It’s only in the last few pages that she even acknowledges how Capital can only exert control at the site of production the factorywhereas it is the State, working in conjunction with Capital, that organizes the locus of reproduction, the home.

Autonomedia, Skip to content Tiffany Henry and Cheyenne Rubin In this reading, Fortunati explores the inner workings of capitalism through social relationships. May 23, Kersplebedeb rated it liked it Recommends it for: It is all the more unfortunate, when i realized how the sudden use of concrete examples was helping bring the argument together in the last chapter, that concrete examples or historical evidence are absent from so much of the text.