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The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Capitalism (Thomas Weisskopf Festschrift Conference Paper)
Nancy Folbre | 10/31/2012
Abstract:
Nancy Folbre builds from her 1998 collaborative paper with Tom Weisskopf, “Did Father Know Best? Families, Markets, and the Supply of Caring Labor.” In that joint work, Folbre and Weisskopf developed the idea that the supply of unpaid care could be described in part as akin to a game of “chicken,” in which concern for others can reduce the individual bargaining power of the caring against those less willing to provide unpaid care. This insight enables Folbre to pursue her reformulation of the concept of exploitation, by incorporating into the traditional Marxian approach the non-class based sources of exploitation. Given this more expansive understanding of exploitation, Folbre argues the need for a broader leftist political agenda. 
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