Social Reproduction, Feminism and the Law: Ships in the Night Passing Each Other
In this essay, I consider the vexed relationship between feminist legal scholarship and social reproduction theory (SRT). I offer an overview of Anglo-American feminist legal scholarship on care/reproductive labour and then reflections on an agenda for the study of the laws of social reproduction by incorporating critical legal, legal realist and socio-legal approaches to women’s reproductive labour. In the process, I hope to articulate an agenda for materialist legal feminism drawing on SRT that offers a critique of care discourse (which has had a significant impact on legal scholarship) alongside sharpening a feminist legal agenda for redistributive politics.
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