Nina Power

teaches Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and is the author of many articles on philosophy, culture and politics.

Reading Social Reproduction into Reading Capital

Reading Social Reproduction into Reading Capital

This essay, while sid­ing with the posi­tion that empha­sizes the impor­tance of Althusser’s the­o­ry of read­ing, seeks to exam­ine both the pos­si­bil­i­ties the text opens up for a fem­i­nist read­ing of Marx via the use it has been made by fem­i­nist the­o­rists since its pub­li­ca­tion, but also to point to over­sights of the text itself, par­tic­u­lar­ly con­cern­ing the con­cept of social repro­duc­tion.

The State Against the State

The State Against the State

As the last ves­tiges of the wel­fare state all but dis­ap­pear in the UK, we are faced with the para­dox­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of those most opposed to “the state” (either as anar­chists or as rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies com­mit­ted to its “with­er­ing away”) being forced to defend ele­ments of it against those who are in the process of pri­va­tiz­ing it into obliv­ion. Of course “the state” is not sim­ply a van­ish­ing safe­ty net or a real but ignored set of oblig­a­tions, but also pris­ons, police, courts, and mul­ti­ple oth­er forms of coer­cion, pun­ish­ment, con­trol, and vio­lence. Can we defend the “good state” against this oth­er one with­out falling into polit­i­cal con­tra­dic­tion or prac­ti­cal con­fu­sion? Can we sep­a­rate out the state and cap­i­tal­ist pro­duc­tion?