Locating primitive communism in capitalist social formations

  title={Locating primitive communism in capitalist social formations},
  author={Christine Ward Gailey},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
  • C. Gailey
  • Published 1 July 2016
  • Sociology
  • Dialectical Anthropology
This essay argues that examining everyday dynamics in working-class communities, variable as they are through race and gender intersections, gives us a way of investigating the persistence and partial reproduction of primitive communism within capitalist social formations. Visible through occasions and needs demanding the creation of use-values beyond mere consumption, a resistant and non-capitalist set of work and exchange relations exist alongside—and at times in opposition to—institutions… Expand


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