Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Social Reproduction

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_266


Social reproduction is a concept little used in mainstream psychology. In contrast, the concept of socialization is widely used and explored. Yet the two processes are closely related. An analysis of social reproduction is important for a critical understanding of the relations between individual and society, how through the action of people, the social system is perpetuated, yet its nature is not reducible to those actions. Understanding its limits helps us understand the scope for social transformation. The way in which these questions are tackled influences the way in which individuals and society are each construed for social psychological theory – a fundamental question, especially in the search for nonindividualistic approaches to psychology.


Social reproduction is the process by which a society reproduces itself from one generation to another and also within generations.


Social reproduction; biological reproduction; Marxism; labour; feminism;...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute for Health and Social ChangeManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK