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By G. Cassano

Home/Front examines the gendered exploitation of work within the family from a postmodern Marxian standpoint. The authors of this quantity use the anti-foundationalist Marxian financial theories first formulated by way of Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff to discover strength, domination, and exploitation within the sleek loved ones.

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The syndrome of the battered wife is now well-documented (Chapman and Gates 1978; Dobash and Dobash 1979; McNulty 1980; Pagelow 1981; Roy 1982; Stacey and Shupe 1983; Klein 1997; Loue 2001; Walker 1998).

In Michael Hillard and Ric McIntyre’s contribution, “The ClassGender Nexus in the American Economy and in Attempts to ‘Rebuild the Labor Movement’,” the labor economists argue that attempts to “rebuild the labor movement” should begin with renewed attention to exploitation, both in the formal economy and in the household. Influenced by the “new labor history” that emerged in the wake of E. P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class (1966), Hillard and McIntyre take from Thompson and his students the notion that the “working class” is a social, cultural, and historical construction.

For example, failure to enforce equal rights on the job can keep women in the household. 20 The absence of laws providing free healthcare for the elderly and handicapped prevents women with such responsibilities for care at home from competing as equals in the labor markets. A remarkable political condition of existence of the feudal household in the United States is the fact that its housewives are workers for whom virtually no legal protection exists—no minimum compensation, no limit on hours, no requirement for health or pension benefits, no mandatory vacations, and so on (Hayden 1984: 65; Oakley 2005: 53–102).

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