Women and the Subversion of the Community: A Mariarosa Dalla Costa Reader (Paperback)
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In recent years there has been both a renewed interest in theories of social reproduction and an explosion of women’s struggles and strikes across the world. This collection offers both historical and contemporary Marxist feminist analysis of how the reproduction of labor and life functions under capitalism, using Dalla Costa’s insights into the vibrant and combative women’s movement that emerged in Italy and across the world in the early 1970s. Since the first publication of Women and the Subversion of the Community in 1972, Dalla Costa has been a central figure in the development of autonomist thought. Her detailed research and provocative thinking deepens our understanding of the role of women’s struggles for autonomy and control over their bodies and labor.
About the Author
Mariarosa Dalla Costa is an influential Italian Marxist feminist and activist whose works launched the “domestic labor debate” by redefining housework as reproductive labor necessary to the functioning of capitalism. Camille Barbagallo is a feminist activist and researcher. She is the coeditor of The Commoner, no. 15, Care Work and the Commons, with Silvia Federici. Harry Cleaver is an American scholar, Marxist theoretician, professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of Reading Capital Politically.