Anti/Postwork Feminist Politics and A Case for Basic Income

  • Kathi Weeks Duke University
Keywords: basic income, domestic labour, Wages for Housework, Marxist feminism, antiwork, postwork, antiproductivism, antifamilialism, autonomy


This article presents a defence of the demand for a guaranteed basic income against recent Left critiques. Drawing on a series of lessons from the 1970s-era demand for Wages for Housework, I argue in favour of a demand for a liveable and universal basic income as a coalitional, antiproductivist, antifamilial reform that can help to alleviate some of the ways that the current wage-and-family system miscounts our economic contributions and fails as a system of income distribution.