Valorised but not valued? Affective remuneration, social reproduction and feminist politics beyond the recovery

Dowling, Emma (2016) Valorised but not valued? Affective remuneration, social reproduction and feminist politics beyond the recovery. British Politics, 11 (4). pp. 452-468. ISSN 1746-918X

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Abstract

This paper proposes an analytical distinction between modes of valorising and modes of valuing social reproduction to suggest that a conflict between these two opposing modes lies at the heart of an ongoing crisis of social reproduction in the face of purported economic recovery, where unpaid reproductive labour constitutes a source of surplus value. A systemic imperative to expand markets in the pursuit of profitability goes hand in hand with a devaluation of social reproduction, either by making this work invisible or by externalising its cost. The paper analyses the specificities of this process in the context of contemporary Britain and investigates the role of the state, focusing on volunteering and new forms of ‘affective remuneration’ linked to financialisation and the connection between social reproduction and wealth extraction. In conclusion, the paper outlines the contours of possible counter-practices informed by a feminist politics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Social reproduction, affective remuneration, financialisation, affective labour, volunteering, valorisation, feminism
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 20546
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in British Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version "Dowling, E. (2016). Valorised but not valued? Affective remuneration, social reproduction and feminist politics beyond the crisis. British Politics, 11(4), 452–468. doi:10.1057/s41293-016-0036-2" is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41293-016-0036-2
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Depositing User: Emma Dowling
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 09:52
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 21:06
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/20546

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