The patriarchy of accumulation: homework, fieldwork and the production-reproduction nexus in rural Indonesia

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This article argues that patriarchy expands capitalist accumulation by increasing surplus labour-time, lowering production costs, and dividing and controlling workers. Consequently, patriarchy increases profits, manages intra-capitalist competition, and impedes labour’s capacity to organise. Analysing how it does so can inform counter-strategies. Based on fieldwork in two West Java villages, the article analyses four forms of patriarchal accumulation: (i) reproductive labour underpinned by the ideology of housewifeization; (ii) the gendered production of cheap foodgrains; (iii) the production of street-food that reduces reproduction time and costs; and (iv) the extension of labour-time through low-waged homework squeezed into the rhythms of reproductive labour.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies
Early online date1 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Apr 2022


  • Patriarchy
  • accumulation
  • social reproduction
  • class
  • Indonesia

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