For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Comment on Marnie W. Mueller's "The Economic Determinants of Volunteer Work by Women""

by Hartmann, Heidi I (1976)


Mueller's view of the determinants of women's volunteer work provides a very limited conception of the situation of women vis-a-vis the family and the economy and, more important, an even more limited view of our options for change at this time. It sorely lacks a radical perspective, which I will attempt to provide. First let me state a few principles of radical political economy and use them to investigate the concept of human capital, on which Mueller relies in her paper. In a capitalist economy most of us are workers; we have to …


Volunteerism, Unpaid Labour, Gender, Gendered Labour, Political Economy, Human Capital


Women and Work, Volunteer Work

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