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Social Reproduction Theory and Political Strategy

11/12/2020 - 19:00 GMT

Join us to mark the release of two new books in the Mapping Social Reproduction series.

“Join Peer Illner, Aaron Jaffe and chair Tithi Bhattacharya for a special double book launch marking the release of Disasters and Social Reproduction: Crisis Response between the State and Community and Social Reproduction Theory and the Socialist Horizon: Work, Power and Political Strategy, the latest titles in the Mapping Social Reproduction Theory series published by Pluto Press.

This event is part of ‘Radical December’ programme ​​of round tables, talks and debates around the ideas that will transform the world to come.

In Disasters and Social Reproduction, Peer Illner uses a Marxist-feminist approach examining disaster relief in the US. Following the long economic crisis of the 1970s, disaster relief has become increasingly reliant on the unwaged reproductive labour of ordinary people. As sea levels rise, climate change worsens and we see an increase in disaster relief led by communities, this analysis of the interrelations between state, society and grassroots initiatives, including Occupy Sandy and the American Black Cross, will prove indispensable.

Aaron Jaffe’s book Social Reproduction Theory and the Socialist Horizon extracts social reproduction theory (SRT)’s radical potential, relying on recent struggles, including the International Women’s Strike and the teachers’ strikes, showing how we can use SRT to motivate socialist politics and strategy. Using SRT to appreciate distinct forms of social domination, this unique and necessary book will have vital strategic implications for anti-capitalists, anti-racists, LGBT activists, disability activists and feminists.

Both authors will be delivering short presentations on their respective books and Tithi will chair a Q&A after.

Peer Illner is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Normative Orders at Goethe University, Frankfurt and a Lecturer at the Architectural Association in London.

Aaron Jaffe is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Arts at The Juilliard School in New York. His articles have appeared in Comparative Literature and Culture, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and other journals. He has written chapters in The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, and Critical Theories and the Budapest School.

Tithi Bhattacharya is a Marxist historian and activist. She is the Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University and on the editorial board of Spectre. She is also the author of Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression (Pluto Press, 2017)

Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the stream before the event. It will start at 19:00 GMT / 14:00 EST. You can also find the event on Pluto Press’ YouTube channel.

Both books are part of Mapping Social Reproduction Theory, a book series by Pluto Press which uses the insights of Social Reproduction Theory to deepen our understanding of the intimacy of that relationship, and the contradictions within it, past and present. The books include empirical investigations of the ways in which social oppressions of race, sexuality, ability, gender and more inhabit, shape and are shaped by the processes of creating labour power for capital. As well, the books in this series engage a critical exploration of Social Reproduction, enjoining debates about the theoretical and political tools required to challenge capitalism today.

Both books are available at 50% off from plutobooks.com, and come with a free ebook.”


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