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    The Relevance of "Women's Work": Social reproduction and immaterial labour in digital media

    Jarrett, Kylie (2014) The Relevance of "Women's Work": Social reproduction and immaterial labour in digital media. Television and New Media, 15 (1). pp. 14-19. ISSN 1527-4764

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    In the ongoing debates about the role of immaterial labor in digital media economics, the work of feminist researchers into affective labor performed in the home— “women’s work”—has barely featured. This article is an attempt to address this gap in the dominant framework for discussing consumer labor in digital contexts. It draws on feminist frameworks, particularly the work of Fortunati, in arguing that affective, immaterial labor has a variable and often indirect relationship to capitalist exchange. This indirect relationship allows the products of such work to retain their use-values while nevertheless remaining implicated in systems of exchange. This in turn draws attention to the immaterial product of reproductive labor, which is the social order itself, and the importance of the disciplining function of reproductive labor.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: immaterial labor; affect; discipline; digital media; feminist theory;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 4663
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    Depositing User: Kylie Jarrett
    Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 11:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Television and New Media
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    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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