Family Abolition

Family Abolition Capitalism and the Communizing of Care

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Publisher's Synopsis

'An accessibly written distillation of two centuries worth of reproductive class struggle; a revived vision of revolutionary 'beloved community' for an age of climate catastrophe. Spread this book around, and start communizing care!' Sophie Lewis, author of Abolish the Family

For some of us, the family is a source of love and support. But for many others, the family is a place of private horror, coercion and personal domination. In capitalist society, the private family carries the impossible demands of interpersonal care and social reproductive labor. Can we imagine a different future?

In Family Abolition, author M.E. O'Brien uncovers the history of struggles to create radical alternatives to the private family. O'Brien traces the changing family politics of racial capitalism in the industrial cities of Europe and in the slave plantations and settler frontier of North America, explaining the rise and fall of the housewife-based family form. From early Marxists to Black and queer insurrectionists to today's mass protest movements, O'Brien finds revolutionaries seeking better ways of loving, caring, and living. Family Abolition takes us through the past and present of family politics into a speculative future of the commune, imagining how care could be organized in a free society.

Book information

ISBN: 9780745343822
Publisher: Pluto Press
Imprint: Pluto Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.85
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 325g
Height: 140mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 25mm