Revolution at Point Zero

Revolution at Point Zero

Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle

By Silvia Federici

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Written between 1974 and 2012, Revolution at Point Zero collects forty years of research and theorizing on the nature of housework, social reproduction, and women’s struggles on this terrain—to escape it, to better its conditions, to reconstruct it in ways that provide an alternative to capitalist relations.

Indeed, as Federici reveals, behind the capitalist organization of work and the contradictions inherent in “alienated labor” is an explosive ground zero for revolutionary practice upon which are decided the daily realities of our collective reproduction.

Beginning with Federici’s organizational work in the Wages for Housework movement, the essays collected here unravel the power and politics of wide but related issues including the international restructuring of reproductive work and its effects on the sexual division of labor, the globalization of care work and sex work, the crisis of elder care, the development of affective labor, and the politics of the commons.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface to the New Edition
Preface to the 2012 Edition
Introduction
I. Theorizing and Politicizing Housework
Wages against Housework (1975)
Why Sexuality Is Work (1975)
Counterplanning from the Kitchen (1975)
The Restructuring of Housework and Reproduction in the United States in the 1970s (1980)
Putting Feminism Back on Its Feet (1984)
On Affective Labor (2011)
II. Globalization and Social Reproduction
Reproduction and Feminist Struggle in the New International Division of Labor (1999)
War, Globalization, and Reproduction (2000)
Women, Globalization, and the International Women’s Movement (2001)
The Reproduction of Labor Power in the Global Economy and the Unfinished Feminist Revolution (2008)
Going to Beijing: How the United Nations Colonized the Feminist Movement (1997)
III. Reproducing Commons
On Elder Care Work and the Limits of Marxism (2009)
Women, Land Struggles, and Globalization: An International Perspective (2004)
Feminism and the Politics of the Common in an Era of Primitive Accumulation (2010)
“We Have Seen Other Countries and Have Another Culture”: Migrant Domestic Workers and the International Production and Circulation of Feminist Knowledge and Organization (2016)
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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