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Beyond the Domestic Labour Debate
It is nearly a decade since the first texts in the recent domestic labour debate appeared, and since then over fifty articles have been published on the subject of housework in the British and American socialist press alone.  This interest in domestic labour has arisen from a wide range of orientations, both feminist and Marxist, yet despite this variety they all involve a common underlying assumption: namely that investigation of this previously neglected topic can contribute to an understanding of women’s subordination and to the formulation of a politics adequate to its supercession. Two main concerns can be identified in this literature. The first aims to show how the subordination of women, variously described as oppression, subjugation or exploitation, is, although often seen as ‘extra-economic’, in fact founded on a material basis and is linked into the political economy of capitalist society. This approach has attempted to demonstrate housework’s economic contribution to maintaining the capitalist system by providing labour necessary for the reproduction of labour power. It has raised the question of to what extent the development of capitalism has itself created the present domestic system and has, in particular, created ‘housework’.  This perspective has often involved the attempt to apply to the sphere of housework concepts previously restricted to the analysis of the more general, conventional and public, features of the capitalist economy.
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- Margaret Coulson, Branka Magas, Hilary Wainwright: 'The Housewife and her Labour under Capitalism'--A Critique
- Jean Gardiner: Women's Domestic Labour
- Fred Halliday, Jon Halliday, Gareth Stedman Jones, Lucien Rey: Communication on Women's Liberation
- Wally Seccombe: The Housewife and Her Labour Under Capitalism
- Wally Seccombe: Domestic Labour: Reply to Critics