Variegated Social Reproduction: Beyond (Re)privatization

Hosted by the Department of Gender Studies

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom


Isabella Bakker

Isabella Bakker

Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University


Naila Kabeer

Naila Kabeer

Professor of Gender and Development

In previous contributions to the debates on social reproduction, I have argued that contemporary processes of market-oriented regulatory restructuring have led to a (re)privatization of social reproduction in a dualistic fashion: offloaded to households and largely women’s unpaid work or, commodified through monetized caring labour or market services.  In this talk, I will argue that attention to the uneveness or variegated character of these processes of social reproduction yields  a more nuanced analysis of the inequalities of intensifying globalization across places, bodies and institutional landscapes.

Isabella Bakker is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University and a York Research Chair on Global Economic Governance, Gender and Human Rights.  She is a leading authority in the fields of political economy, public finance, gender and development.  She has held visiting professorships at a number of institutions including the European University Institute, New York University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She has also held consultancies with the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Canadian government as well as with numerous advocacy groups dedicated to advancing economic, social and gender justice.  Her most recent book (with Brigitte Young and Diane Elson) is Questioning Financial Governance from a Feminist Perspective (Routledge).

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