Academic Reflection – The Matriarchs of the Home: Unspeakable Subjects in Times of Austerity

  • Insa Koch London School of Economics and Political Science
Keywords: Nicola Lacey, Unspeakable Subjects, welfare reform, Universal Credit, public patriarchy, working class mothers

Abstract

Investigates the gendered effects of austerity politics with reference to the case of working class ‘matriarchs of family homes’ who find that contemporary British ‘welfare reforms’ are far from ‘neutral’. On the contrary, they target precisely those areas of life that working class mothers often remain responsible for: the family homes that constitute the domain for social reproduction. It is here then that we see at play what Nicola Lacey identifies in Unspeakable Subjects (1998) as a central move: a shift from ‘private to public patriarchy’ at the heart of welfare provision.

Author Biography

Insa Koch, London School of Economics and Political Science
Assistant Professor of Law and Anthropology, Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Published
2018-12-21
How to Cite
Koch, I. (2018). Academic Reflection – The Matriarchs of the Home: Unspeakable Subjects in Times of Austerity. feminists@law, 8(2). Retrieved from https://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/feministsatlaw/article/view/665
Section
Celebrating 20 Years of Nicola Lacey's Unspeakable Subjects