The Role of Household Production in the Determination and Wages and the Growth of Capitalist Production
AbstractThe maximization of surplus value in the capitalist mode of production can be
understood as the minimization of necessary labor, i.e. the labor necessary for the production/
reproduction of labor power. This includes the labor carried out by household members within
the working class. Wages thus constitute a necessary supplement to that household production.
The growth of capitalist relations of production can then be understood as a process of
commodification of that household production. This process is therefore essential for an
understanding of the capitalist mode of production rather than serving as a mere “addition” to it.