Reproduction and Scale: A Response to Skeggs and Wilson
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This paper draws on the concepts of reproduction and scale to suggest that Skeggs and Wilson, in their contributions to this issue of Feminist Legal Studies, both identify a future-oriented reworking of historically accumulated value. The spectacular emotional labour of British reality television and the parody of mechanistic labour in Bangkok’s sex shows may be seen as instances in the affective search for future security in transnational markets. Capitalist subjectivities are still being produced through these gendered and sexual activities, but they are being produced with television audiences and sex tourists whose geopolitical baggage becomes part of the show.
KeywordsGender Political economy Reproduction Scale Sexuality Transnational
My thanks to Kate Bedford, Toni Williams and Anisa de Jong for organising the Markets and Sexualities workshop in February 2009, to the participants for their questions and conversation, and to the editors and reviewers of FLS for their feedback.
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