AbstractsSocial Sciences

The Workers of Society – the Artist, the Housewife and the Nun

by Airi Triisberg

Institution: Linköping University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Art workers; domestic and care work; precarious labour; social struggles; autonomist feminist Marxism; Social Sciences; Samhällsvetenskap; Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, One Year; Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, One Year
Record ID: 1360992
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What do art workers, nuns and care workers have in common? How can these commonalities be conceptualised from the perspective of feminist Marxism? How would such conceptualisation open up intersectional and transversal perspectives for social movements struggling against precariousness? Departing from an auto-ethnographic account on activist experiences originating from the art workers’ movement in Tallinn, this thesis aims to theorise the intersection of precarious labour and gender. By using the thinking technology of diffractive reading, it places the debates around unwaged labour within art and care sector into the context of autonomist Marxist thinking. Furthermore, affinities and entanglements between feminist politics and the struggles of precarious workers are configured and imagined, in order to interlink and converge spatially and temporally isolated resistive practices that are constructed from the experience of unwaged and precarious workers.