What Did Marx Have to Say about Cooking Dinner? Marxism & Gender in the 21st C.
September 28, 2018
12:30 pm-1:45 pm
Room: 3rd Floor Conference Room
UMass Amherst Campus
The PERI Program on Gender and Care Work and the Economics Department are co-sponsoring a special presentation by Professor Tithi Bhattacharya.
Tithi Bhattacharya is Professor of South Asian History and Director of Global Studies at Purdue University. A Marxist historian and activist, she writes extensively on gender and the politics of Islamophobia. Professor Bhattacharya has been active in movements for social justice throughout her life, spearheading campaigns across three continents. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture (OUP, 2005), a member of the editorial board of International Socialist Review, and the editor of Social Reproduction Theory (Pluto, 2017).
The PERI Program on Gender and Care Work aims to develop a unified picture of the "care sector" of the economy with attention to the changing roles of the family, the market, and the state. It emphasizes both the contributions that care work makes to economic growth and its implications for inequality between men and women. It calls attention to the similarities and differences between care provided in paid employment and that provided in partnership with family members, friends, and neighbors. It also urges policy makers to consider changes in the social organization and finance of care that could enhance human capabilities and improve economic efficiency.
This talk is also part of the Political Economy Workshop offered by the Economics Department, a seminar that meets 6 to 10 times a semester. Graduate students and faculty from the department and from elsewhere present papers on a range of topics in political economy.