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date: 15 September 2019

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This article discusses social reproduction in terms of the household and family. It explains some of the terminology that is needed to understand the key debates and then shifts to the political economy of social reproduction and the relationship between capitalism and patriarchy. The article also discusses family policies that are considered to be central to their objectives and in a number of contexts. An empirical analysis of family—along with glimpses from families in East Asia, Western Europe, and Southern Africa—is also presented.

Keywords: social reproduction, household, family, political economy, capitalism, patriarchy, family policies

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