Varela Paula (2019) Gender and class: An interview with Tithi Bhattacharya. Labor and Society. 2019; 1– 8. https://doi.org/10.1111/lands.12399
Tithi Bhattacharya is Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the editor of Social reproduction theory: Remapping class, recentering oppression (Pluto Press, 2017). As Lise Vogel says in the Foreword, “Social Reproduction Theory is probably the first book to draw on the past decade’s resurgent interest in developing a coherent Marxist‐feminist understanding of everyday life under capitalism (…) The ten essays in Social Reproduction Theory address a range of questions. But one way or another, each contributor tackles the thorny problem of explaining just what social reproduction theory is.” The importance of this book is given not only by the content of its articles but also by the context in which this work is developed: The rise of a new feminist wave in the backdrop of the current crisis of capitalism. In this talk, Bhattacharya exposes her points of view about the current relations between gender and class, the possibilities of an anticapitalist feminism, and the necessity of strengthening the working class.