Cuts are a feminist issue

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This article explores the Coalition government's austerity measures through the lens of social reproduction. Cuts to public services affect the means by which a people are kept healthy, fed, clothed, housed, educated and made into productive workers able to support the economy. But this work still needs to be done. As the cuts destroy the welfare state and restructure existing forms of social reproduction, the burden of labour falls on women. We contextualise the Coalition's cuts within a wider devaluing of social reproduction using 'the home' as a lens for understanding the constellation of social, economic and political processes at work in austerity. We seek to highlight the contradictions of the cuts, which we suggest might become the 'cracks' out of which can emerge a feminist resistance. We seek to think through ways of building on our existing fight against cuts to childcare, to imagine alternative ways of organizing our lives.

Keywords: CARE; CHILDCARE; CUTS; FEMINISM; HOME; SOCIAL REPRODUCTION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266211798411165

Publication date: November 24, 2011

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