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Wages for Housework

A History of an International Feminist Movement, 1972–77

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Wages for Housework

A History of an International Feminist Movement, 1972–77

In this first-ever international history of the influential feminist movement Wages for Housework, Louise Toupin draws on extensive archival research and interviews with the movement’s founders and activists from Italy, England, Germany, Switzerland, the United States, and Canada. Featuring previously unpublished conversations with Silvia Federici and Mariarosa Dalla Costa, the book highlights the power and originality of the movement, detailing its theoretical and organizational innovations around the unrecognized forms of labour performed largely by women. Wages for Housework is a major contribution to the history of feminist and anti-capitalist movements and a provocative intervention into contemporary conversations about the changing nature of work and the gendered labour market.

324 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: A Political and Personal History

Part 1: The International Feminist Collective – Historical Overview and Political Perspective

1 1972: Wages for Housework in the Universe of Feminism

2 A Wage as a Lever of Power: The Political Perspective

3 The International Feminist Collective, 1972–77

Part 2: Mobilizations around Women’s Invisible Work

Overview

4 Mobilizations around Women’s Invisible Work in the Home

5 Mobilizations around Women’s Invisible Work outside the Home

6 Mobilizations by Groups on the Periphery of the Network

Conclusion

Afterword – From Yesterday to Today: The Intellectual Journeys of Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Silvia Federici, from 1977 to 2013

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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