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Class Struggle on the Home Front
Work, Conflict, and Exploitation in the Household
Edited by Graham Cassano
 
 
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27 Nov 2009
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What is social class? How does social class interact with patriarchy and masculine domination to give shape to contemporary societies? What does Marxian economic theory add to the analysis of gendered domination and feminist critiques of power? These are some of the questions addressed by Home/Front. The authors of this volume of interdisciplinary scholarship use the anti-foundationalist Marxian economic theories first formulated by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff to answer these questions and explore power, domination, and exploitation in the modern household.

Home/Front is divided into two parts. Part I examines the Marxian theory of the household first formulated by the Lacanian analyst Harriet Fraad and the Marxist economists Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff. In Part II a select group of leading contemporary scholars apply an inter-disciplinary approach to issues of great importance addresses by the Marxian theory of the household. These topics include examinations of the multiple sources, both psychological and economic; cross cultural comparisons of the definition of 'home'; the effect of remittances on immigrant and non-immigrant households; the increasingly isolated character of household life in the United States; and the examination of the effects of patriarchy on the American labour movement.

This book offers an approach to Marxism that is relevant to the politics of everyday life and contemporary crises. It is indispensable reading for all interested in Economic Theory, Sociology Theory, Gender Theory and Women's Studies.


Description

What is social class? How does social class interact with patriarchy and masculine domination to give shape to contemporary societies? What does Marxian economic theory add to the analysis of gendered domination and feminist critiques of power? These are some of the questions addressed by Home/Front. The authors of this volume of interdisciplinary scholarship use the anti-foundationalist Marxian economic theories first formulated by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff to answer these questions and explore power, domination, and exploitation in the modern household.

Home/Front is divided into two parts. Part I examines the Marxian theory of the household first formulated by the Lacanian analyst Harriet Fraad and the Marxist economists Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff. In Part II a select group of leading contemporary scholars apply an inter-disciplinary approach to issues of great importance addresses by the Marxian theory of the household. These topics include examinations of the multiple sources, both psychological and economic; cross cultural comparisons of the definition of 'home'; the effect of remittances on immigrant and non-immigrant households; the increasingly isolated character of household life in the United States; and the examination of the effects of patriarchy on the American labour movement.

This book offers an approach to Marxism that is relevant to the politics of everyday life and contemporary crises. It is indispensable reading for all interested in Economic Theory, Sociology Theory, Gender Theory and Women's Studies.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Method(s), Narrative, and Scientific 'Truth'; G.Cassano
PART I: THE OVERDETERMINATION OF HOUSEHOLD CLASS STRUGGLES
For Every Knight in Shining Armor, there's a Castle Waiting to be Cleaned: A Marxist-Feminist Analysis of the Household; H.Fraad, S.ResnickR.Wolff
Connecting Sex to Class; S.Resnick & R.Wolff
The Class Analysis of Households Extended: Children, Fathers and Family Budgets; S.Resnick & R.Wolff
Starving and Hungry: Anorexia Nervosa and the Female Body Politic; H.Fraad
Toiling in the Field of Emotion; H.Fraad
PART II: ILLUSTRATIONS, REVISIONS AND EXTENSIONS
Contested Constructions of the Migrant 'Home': Gender, Class and Belonging in the Anatolian-German Community; E.Erdem
Economic Effects of Remittances on Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Household; M.Safri
A Class Analysis of Single-Occupied Households; S.Gabriel
The Class-Gender Nexus in the American Economy and in Attempts to 'Rebuild the Labor Movement'; M.Hillard& R.McIntyre
'Hunkies,' 'Gasbags' and 'Reds': The Construction and Deconstruction of Labor's Hegemonic Masculinities in Black Fury (1935) and Riff Raff (1936); G.Cassano
Afterword; A.R.Hochschild
Appendix: Original Introduction to Bringing It All Back Home: Class, Gender& Power in the Modern Household; G.Spivak
Contributors
Bibliography
Notes


Authors

GRAHAM CASSANO is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oakland University, USA. He studies social inequality, symbolic exploitation, and the representation of political economy in the mass media. His essays have appeared in a number of interdisciplinary critical journals, including Critical Sociology, Rethinking Marxism, The Journal of Economic Issues, and Left History.