Measuring Labour and Rethinking Value


  • Lisa Adkins University of Newcastle, Australia



immaterial labour, domestic labour, financialization


In this lecture Lisa Adkins considers the form of labour which has been at the very heart of feminist theorizations of immaterial labour, namely domestic labour. She considers transformations to this labour in the context of financialization, and in particular the direct links which are being forged between domestic labour and the creation of financial value. Adkins considers the implications of these links, or more precisely, of the financialization of domestic labour,  for the current state and future of the relations of social reproduction.

Author Biography

Lisa Adkins, University of Newcastle, Australia

Lisa Adkins is the BHP Billiton Chair of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia and was previously Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Widely published in the areas of social theory, feminist theory and economic sociology her recent research focuses on the restructuring of labour and shifts to the economy-society relation in post-Fordist capitalism. Publications from this research have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Feminist Theory, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research and Australian Feminist Studies. She has also recently contributed to debates concerning the reconstruction of social science through the volumes What is the Empirical? (2009; co-edited with Celia Lury) and Measure and Value (2012; co-edited with Celia Lury). She is convenor of the New Times: TRansforming Feminist Political Economies international research network.




How to Cite

Adkins, L. (2014). Measuring Labour and Rethinking Value. Feminists@law, 4(1).



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