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Market-reach into social reproduction and transnational labour mobility in Europe

Plomien, Ania ORCID: 0000-0001-5883-2297 and Schwartz, Gregory (2023) Market-reach into social reproduction and transnational labour mobility in Europe. New Political Economy. ISSN 1356-3467

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13563467.2023.2244448


What are the processes and consequences of markets reaching deeper into social reproduction? How do these developments, in the context of Europeanisation underpinned by neoliberalisation and transnationalisation, compel labour mobility? To consider these questions we apply social reproduction theory and the framework of uneven and combined accumulation of capital in Europe to the analysis of the UK, Poland and Ukraine and their food production, housing construction and care provision sectors. We explore how transformations, in these three countries interconnected by labour mobilities and in these three domains key to social reproduction, not only affect the industries that supply food, housing and care, but, crucially, redraw the contours of social reproduction. Theorising social reproduction as a continuum of market, state and household provisioning, we outline its transformation within the specific constellation of Europeanisation and delineate how mobility is both propelled by and advances market-reach into food, housing and care. We argue that market-driven transnational social reproduction is constituted by contradictions stemming from the deepening subordination of reproductive labour to the law of value, progressively depriving households of the promise of prosperity - a complex process that is made visible by our feminist critique of political economy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2023 15:30
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 20:06

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