Remember kids! "Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks." Get ready to go back to school by reading Verso's Economics 101 syllabus.
Companion to Marx’s Capital Volume 1 & Volume 2
By David Harvey
This is a must-read for anyone wanting a fuller understanding of Marx's political economy.
“No short review can do justice to this outstanding book ... Essential.”
– Michael Perelman, Choice
A resurgence of interest in social reproduction theory has presented new ways of understanding gendered labour under capitalism. The political economy of Christine Delphy offered an important starting point for such questions, but remains little known in the Anglophone world.
A translation of the Preface to Delphy's Pour un théorie générale de l’exploitation [For a general theory of exploitation] (2006), by Isabelle Courcy and Melissa Blais, is below. Translated by David Broder; original French text here.
The different forms of exploiting labour today
In Quebec, Christine Delphy is often presented as one of the first feminists in France to have denaturalised ‘sex’, and consequently as a pioneer in conceptualising gender. Less common are the presentations that emphasise her contribution to political economy.