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Property and women’s alienation from their own reproductive labour

By Donna Dickenson

Abstract

There is an urgent need for reconstructing models of property to make them more women-friendly. However, we need not start from scratch: both ‘canonical’ and feminist authors can sometimes provide concepts which we can refine and apply towards women’s propertylessness. This paper looks in particular at women’s alienation from their reproductive labour, building on Marx and Delphy. Developing an economic and political rather than a psychological reading of alienation, it then considers how the refined and revised concept can be applied to concrete examples in global justice for women: in particular, the commercialisation of embryonic and fetal tissue in the new stem cell technologies

Topics: phil
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bbk.ac.uk.oai2:221

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