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    Laundering women's history: A feminist critique of the social factory

    Jarrett, Kylie (2018) Laundering women's history: A feminist critique of the social factory. First Monday, 23 (3). ISSN 1995-2013

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    Studies of digital labour are closely connected to the concept of immaterial labour and how this has been critically interpreted by Autonomist Marxists who draw upon the concept of the social factory in explaining its wider impacts. The extension of labour and capitalist logics outside factory walls that constitutes the social factory is typically described as a novel feature of contemporary capitalism and particularly the digital economy. This paper critiques this assumption by utilising feminist theories of domestic work and examples of women’s labour history. Using the particular case of Magdalene Laundries in the Irish Free State (1922–1937), it demonstrates that the social factory has a longer history than is usually presumed. It then describes the implications for analysis of digital labour that arise from rejecting the novelty of immaterial labour’s incorporation into capitalism.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Laundering; Women's history; feminist critique; social factory;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History
    Item ID: 12977
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    Depositing User: Kylie Jarrett
    Date Deposited: 21 May 2020 11:49
    Journal or Publication Title: First Monday
    Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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