The Financial Life of Social Reproduction

CFP: AAG Annual Meeting New Orleans April 10-14, 2018


Organizers: Jessa Loomis (University of Kentucky), Emily Rosenman (University of Toronto) and Jane Pollard (Newcastle University) 

Sponsors: Economic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) and Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW)

Social reproduction refers to the social, cultural and material subsistence of individuals, families, households and communities. Although social reproduction has been theorized by many disciplinary traditions over the past 40 years, the contemporary moment raises new questions and poses new challenges for how we understand the concept. Catalysts for shifting understandings of social reproduction include the prevalence of austerity, rising inequality, attempts to privatize social security and the penetration of financial logics, metrics and practices into the nooks and crannies of everyday life. Meanwhile, the 2008 financial crisis has raised questions about the role of states in facilitating social reproduction, the role of finance and the private sector, and the scales at which social reproduction is achieved. In this session, our goal is to deepen engagement between scholars of social reproduction (broadly understood) and scholars of finance. We seek both theoretical and empirically-based papers that address themes including (but not limited to):  


·   Who are the subjects for social reproduction? Where and/or with whom does the responsibility for social reproduction lie?  What is the unit of analysis, and/or the scale at which social reproduction is carried out - individual, couples, households, families, neighbourhoods, cities, regions?


·  What is ‘social reproduction’ now?  Should social reproduction be conceived as a form of work that enables production, or is this too narrow a conception? What are the limits and possibilities – political, social, environmental, economic – of contemporary ways that social reproduction is organized? What does the growing role of finance in social reproduction mean for axes of social difference (e.g. gender, race, class, generation, sexuality) and also for how we theorize social reproduction in relation to interlocking systems of oppression and expressions of power, including, but not limited to, racial capitalism, settler colonialism, and hetero-patriarchy?

·  Where is social reproduction?  What are the geographies of contemporary social reproduction: how are the sites, spaces and bodies of social reproduction shifting as forms of work and labor evolve?  

·  How are the costs of social reproduction accounted for, or not, in marketized or financialized forms of production?  How are the calculative and speculative logics of financial capitalism making their way into the provisioning of care and the managing of social reproduction?


 ·  When is social reproduction?  As new forms of labor and aspects of life become financialized, what does this mean for the temporalities of social reproduction?


Please send a title and abstract (250 words maximum) to Jessa Loomis (, Emily Rosenman ( and Jane Pollard ( by October 6, 2017.  Please feel free to email us with any questions.  We will respond to all submissions by October 11th.