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International economic law and the hidden abode of social reproduction

Alessandrini, Donatella (2023) International economic law and the hidden abode of social reproduction. . University of Kent, 13 pp. web. ISSN 2046-9551. 10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.1216. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.1216) (KAR id:104694)

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In this essay I argue that a Social Reproduction lens provides us with invaluable resources for thinking about the role that International Economic Law (IEL) plays in the re/production of global inequalities and planetary injustices. Drawing on critical conversations between ‘Wages for and against housework’, intersectional feminisms, and ‘Third world approaches to International Law’ (TWAIL), I point to three insights in particular. The first is about the mythical separation of the sphere of production from that of social reproduction under capitalism for the purpose of extracting value and accumulating capital, with IEL involved in constantly re/drawing the boundaries between these spheres. The second insight concerns the centrality of unpaid and devalued labour in transnational production, with IEL contributing to the invisibilisation and/or devaluation of specific forms of labour and the overvaluation of others. The third insight is about the role that social hierarchies and divisions, sustained in and through law, play in processes of labour exploitation and devaluation on the one hand and value extraction and capital accumulation on the other.

Item Type: Internet publication
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.1216
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Donatella Alessandrini
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2024 10:21 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2024 15:33 UTC
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