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Capitalism and Reproduction

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Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, vol. 7, issue 049 (1996) pp. 111-121

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Abstract

Explores parallels between the misery of slavery & poverty in the era of primitive capitalist accumulation in the Middle Ages & at present. Examples such as the selling of organs, working conditions of women in the Third World, prostitution, & environmental degradation are discussed as indicators of the present high levels of misery. It is suggested that these considerations lead to one fundamental thesis: capitalist development has always been unsustainable because of its human impact. This contradiction is felt particularly strongly by women, who are in the position of the unwaged worker in a wage economy & therefore denied an autonomous existence. Falling birth rates in the advanced industrialized countries are taken as a rejection of conditions produced by capitalism. It is argued that the repressed knowledges of women & indigenous populations should find a way of emerging & being heard. D. M. Smith

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Capitalism
  • *Forces And Relations of Production
  • *Historical Development
  • *Marxist Analysis
  • *Middle Ages
  • *Poverty
  • *Slavery
  • *Social Inequality
  • *Social Reproduction
  • 2555: radical sociology; Marxist & radical sociolo
  • Accumulation
  • Industrialization
  • article
  • slavery/poverty misery parallels, Middle Ages capi

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  • Mariarosa Dalla Costa

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