Transformations: Gender, Reproduction, and Contemporary Society. Week 1: Introduction Defining the Terms Dr Sherah Wells [email protected] Module Details. No Reading Week in Term 1 Class Essay 2,000 words Due at the beginning of your seminar in Week 9. Key Concepts.
Week 1: Introduction
Defining the Terms
Reproducing the next generation of workers
Ongoing reproduction of workers
According to the materialistic conception, the determining factor in history is, in the last resort, the production and reproduction of immediate life. But this itself is of a twofold character. On the one hand, the production of the means of subsistence, of food, clothing and shelter and the tools requisite therefore; on the other, the production of human beings themselves, the propagation of the species. The social institutions under which men of a definite historical epoch and of a definite country live are conditioned by both kinds of production: by the stage of development of labour…and of the family.
Do you agree that women do most of the work daily reproduction, the housework and child-care? Is this just a norm that can be over-turned, with new men arriving to share things 50:50,or even to take it all on? Or while women give birth is it always going to be women doing most of the caring?