The categories of productive and unproductive labour have been a source of contention among Marxist scholars since Marx first committed them to paper. This article will offer a critique of both the orthodox and autonomist approaches to this issue, arguing that they constitute transhistorical and analytically inadequate interpretations. In contrast, a social form approach to productive and unproductive labour provides a substantive definition of these categories in relation to the commodity form, and brings class struggle back to the forefront in a theoretically consistent manner.
- class struggle, Open Marxism, productive and unproductive labour, social form, value theory
Moraitis, A. B., & Copley, J. (2017). Productive and unproductive labour and social form: Putting class struggle in its place. Capital and Class, 41(1), 91-114. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816816682678