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Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279907.001.0001

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Marx's Utopias and Women's Work

Marx's Utopias and Women's Work

(p.17) 1 Marx's Utopias and Women's Work
Care, Gender, and Justice

Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Karl Marx's vision of abundance in the communist utopia only occurred to him as a solution to the necessary labour problem because he failed to consider women's work. However, Marx's solution to his problem is interesting in the sense that it poses the question of how necessary it is for labour to be distributed and what constraints can be imposed on the distribution of work. The chapter suggests that Marx's conception of the dialectic of labour may be used to visualize more concretely who would do women's work in the utopia derived from the dialectic of labour and under what circumstances.

Keywords:   women's work, communist utopia, Karl Marx, necessary labour, distribution of labour

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