About the economic function of feminized unpaid occupations: 
a critique from feminist economics

Abstract

This article examines the capitalist mode of production from a feminist economics perspective, showing that this mode of production has been sustained by the unpaid and unseen work of women. Thus, besides a social division of labor, there is a sexual division of labor that operates as a basal structure of society, which produces and reproduces gendered occupations; those considered feminine –such as domestic labor or caregiving. These have supported capitalism by guaranteeing the basic conditions for subsistence. This article reflects on the place of occupations in reproducing gendered relations that allow us to maintain a phallus/capital-centric economy. Thus, it addresses an economic and political problem through a critical examination of those invisible feminized occupations, showing the fundamental place they have on the reproduction of conditions for life, making it possible.

Author Biography

Débora Grandón Valenzuela, Universidad Andrés Bello

Terapeuta Ocupacional. Estudiante de Maestría en Estudios de Género y Cultura, Mención Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Chile. Docente Escuela de Terapia Ocupacional, Universidad Andrés Bello. Santiago de Chile. 

Published
2019-04-03
How to Cite
Grandón Valenzuela, D. (2019). About the economic function of feminized unpaid occupations: 
a critique from feminist economics, 18(2), 54-67. Retrieved from https://latinjournal.org/index.php/biteca/article/view/254
Section
Reflection article

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