Silvia federici revolution at point zero

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Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle by Silvia Federici

Written between 1975 and the present, the essays collected in this volume represent years of research and theorizing on questions of social reproduction and the consequences of globalization. Originally inspired by Federicis organizational work in the Wages for Housework movement, the topics discussed include the international restructuring of reproductive work and its effects on the sexual division of labor, the globalization of care work and sex work, the crisis of elder care, and the development of affective labor. Both a brief history of the international feminist movement and a contemporary critique of capitalism, these writings continue the investigation of the economic roots of violence against women.
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Silvia Federici: Revolution at Point Zero

Feminist Review. Revolutions do not simply result from changes at the top of a regime, from the replacement of one leader for another.
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Written between and the present, the essays collected in this volume represent years of research and theorizing on questions of social reproduction and the consequences of globalization. Originally inspired by Federici's organizational work in the Wages for Housework movement, the topics discussed include the international restructuring of reproductive work and its effects on the sexual division of labor, the globalization of care work and sex work, the crisis of elder care, and the development of affective labor. Both a brief history of the international feminist movement and a contemporary critique of capitalism, these writings continue the investigation of the economic roots of violence against women. In all the debates about which country was most responsible for the horrors of World War One, Britain invariably escapes any serious blame. That is until now.

With ecofeminist thinkers and activists, Federici argues that protecting the means of subsistence now becomes the key terrain of struggle, and she calls on women North and South to join hands in building new commons. For over thirty years, Silvia Federici has fiercely argued that this zero point cannot have any other location but the sphere of reproduction. It is here that we encounter the most promising battlefield between an outside to capital and a capital that cannot abide by any outsides. This timely collection of her essays reminds us that the shape and form of any revolution are decided in the daily realities and social construction of sex, care, food, love, and health. Women inhabit this zero point neither by choice nor by nature, but simply because they carry the burden of reproduction in a disproportionate manner. Such economic and social normalization of capitalist exploitation of women underlies the gender-based violence produced by the neoliberal wars that are ravaging communities around the world, especially in Africa.

Turning around the Marxian question of the production and reproduction of the working class, the volume presents a dynamic and multi-layered examination of the personal, political, social, and economic determinants of gender inequality in late capitalism. Federici gives nuanced analyses of the complex interrelations of sex, race, globalization, and colonialism as the nexus of capitalism's most vicious and destructive subjection of the working class, a subjection which occurs on the basis of its own socially mediated biological needs. The body of work constitutes a multi-decade dialogue with Marx's corpus and the generations of Marxist theorists and activists who came after him as well as with the figureheads of second and third wave feminism. Taking her point of departure from the Italian Operatio tradition of political Marxist thought, Federici argues that in late capitalism, relations of production have so permeated the fabric of cultural life that they are indistinguishable from social relations; social relations have become relations of production. Capitalism requires this work to sustain itself and yet has displaced the responsibility and the cost of these activities onto workers and their families. In the era of neoliberal austerity and global 'structural adjustment programs,' everywhere workers are coerced into spending more and more of their time on reproducing themselves and thereby the system and receiving less and less assistance. And still, in the 21st century, the bulk of this work which capitalism requires to sustain itself is taken on by women.

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  1. Praise for Revolution at Point Zero. “Finally, we have a volume that collects the many essays that Silvia. Federici has written on the question of social.

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