Nancy Folbre is Director of the Program on Gender and Care Work at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Senior Fellow of the Levy Institute at Bard College. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. In addition to numerous articles published in academic journals, she is the editor of For Love and Money: Care Work in the U.S., and the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas, Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family, and The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values. She has also written widely for a popular audience, including contributions to the New York Times Economix blog, The Nation, and the American Prospect.
Contribution to Debating the Precariat
The focus on “the precariat” is useful but limited: the fight over distribution isn’t just between labor and capital.
The Caring Economy: Well-Being and the Invisible Heart
Although fundamental to human well-being, the provision of care has been unrecognized and unremunerated by society. Increasing acknowledgement and respect for caring work will signal progress toward a Great Transition.