For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Marx, Housework, and Alienation"

by Kain, Philip J (1993)


For different feminist theorists, housework and child rearing are viewed in very different ways. I argue that Marx gives us the categories that allow us to see why housework and child care can be both a paradigm of unalienated labor and also involve the greatest oppression. In developing this argument, a distinction is made between alienation and oppression and the conditions are discussed under which unalienated housework can become oppressive or can become alienated.


Marx, Feminism, Child Rearing, Housework, Alienation, Oppression, Gender


Alienation, Marx, Home and Work, Care Work

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