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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Arcane of Reproduction by Leopoldina Fortunati. Cultural Writing. Women's Studies. The book scrutinizes the lack of value in human reproduction in a modern capitalist society Cultural Writing.
The book is heavily influenced by Marx's theory that "It is the posting of reproduction as non-value that enables both production and reproduction to function as the production of value. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 1st by Autonomedia first published June 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The writing was not "bad" per se, but just completely in Marxist jargon, which made it difficult to follow at times. What, for me, makes reading Marx interesting is that he ventures out from pure jargon into social and historical examples to illustrate the points he is trying to make.
Unfortunately, for many Marxists, Fortunati included, the explanation are just not there. This makes the reading not only boring, but also fairly repetitive. I was left wondering whether the points she makes requir The writing was not "bad" per se, but just completely in Marxist jargon, which made it difficult to follow at times. I was left wondering whether the points she makes require a whole book or if they could have just been explained in a single, shorter piece of writing.
I don't think she's wrong about reproduction being the non-value that produces value, but there are only small hints near the end of what would have made this book exciting and complete to me. It's only in the last few pages that she even acknowledges how Capital can only exert control at the site of production the factory , whereas it is the State, working in conjunction with Capital, that organizes the locus of reproduction, the home.
Perhaps biopower is outside of the scope of this book, but seems like a necessary component for any contemporary and I include the early 80s in this analysis of Capital and Power. Nov 02, Subarashi rated it liked it. May 15, Lauren Levitt rated it liked it Shelves: quals , dissertation. I agree with previous reviewers that the writing was quite jargony, but it is feminist Marxism. Some of it was completely incomprehensible to me, particularly the equations.
It did offer a very thorough analysis of reproductive labor, however. Jun 26, Emily Warfield rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. A formal economic explanation of reproductive labor, complete with equations. It gets five stars for groundbreaking Marxist feminist content and one star for writing style or, perhaps, translation.
Even the densest academic jargon shouldn't be this repetitive and convoluted. I'd recommend part one to other people who like to geek out about gendered labor and to Marxist and anarchist feminists who want citations for why 'radical' feminists' carceral attempts to abolish the sex industry outside A formal economic explanation of reproductive labor, complete with equations. I'd recommend part one to other people who like to geek out about gendered labor and to Marxist and anarchist feminists who want citations for why 'radical' feminists' carceral attempts to abolish the sex industry outside of capitalism will never work pages Oct 21, Valerie Baber rated it did not like it Shelves: university-assigned , sexuality , culture , not-so-much.
Life is too short to waste time on bad writing. If you don't have to read this, don't. If you do and you don't have a copy, let me know. I'd be happy to get it off my hands. Be warned, though. Fortunati seemed to have forgotten to include when composing this. May 23, Kersplebedeb rated it liked it Recommends it for: feminists with a training in Marxese jargon. Shelves: available-from-kersplebedeb. This book deserves both a five for creativity and a one for badly written dense language, so a three is what it gets.
Great ideas, but be prepared to take deep breaths when faced with almost incomprehensible jargon on every page. Nov 14, Mirza Sultan-Galiev rated it really liked it Shelves: feminism , marx-ism , political-economy-and-its-critique.
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Leopoldina Fortunati is an Italian feminist , theorist, and author. She is the author of The Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital L'arcano della riproduzione: Casalinghe, prostitute, operai e capitale , a feminist critique of Marx. She has conducted extensive research in the field of gender studies , cultural processes and communication and information technologies. Katz and R. Riccini Mediating the Human Body. Technology, Communication and Fashion She is associate editor of the journal The Information Society ,  is in the advisory board of the journal New Media and Society , and serves as referee for the journal Communication, Information, Society and Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.
Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital
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