In this interview Silvia Federici discusses the prospects for counterplanning from below in the current crisis of social reproduction. The organization of care and social reproduction by capital, in alliance with governmental and non-governmental organizations, has created massive structural suffering and devalued vital social activities from which capital extracts value for which it pays nothing. As this crisis of social reproduction has developed internationally and taken on increasingly racialized forms, new and different forms of struggle over social reproduction have arisen. Starting from the Wages for Housework campaign and her 1975 call for “Counter-planning from the Kitchen,” Federici refines her thinking about the struggle over social reproduction and the reproductive commons today. She sketches the shifting grounds of the present crisis, and stresses what can be learned from current struggles over social reproduction in Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere, to organize and value social reproduction differently.
Counterplanning in the Crisis of Social Reproduction
Silvia Federici is professor emerita at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York. Her publications include Caliban and the Witch (2004), Revolution at Point Zero (2012), Wages for Housework: The New York Committee 1972–1977 (2017, with Arlen Austin), Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women (2018), and Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons (2019).
Campbell Jones is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and a researcher at the Left think tank Economic and Social Research Aotearoa. Corresponding author: Stefano Harney, Global Inquiries and Social Theory Research Group, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Silvia Federici, Campbell Jones; Counterplanning in the Crisis of Social Reproduction. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2020; 119 (1): 153–165. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8007713
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