The Limits of Mutual Aid and the Promise of Liberation within Radical Politics of Care


  • Rhiannon Lindgren University of Oregon



Social Reproduction Theory, Politics of Care, Feminist Historical Materialism, Black Panther Party, Wages for Housework


The present COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated conditions for continued survival, and community-based mutual aid networks have appeared seemingly organically to address such conditions. I argue these networks often fail to recognize capitalism’s mediation of caring labor, namely, the processes of survival and reproduction which are consistently undermined and demanded by capital’s accumulation. Instead, I propose a politics of care built on insights from the Black Panther Party’s and the Wages for Housework campaign’s respective responses to a lack of reproductive resources, which emphasize the position of survival struggles as a primary site of anti-capitalist political agitation and mobilization.

Author Biography

Rhiannon Lindgren, University of Oregon

Rhiannon Lindgren is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. She teaches in the Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments. Her research primarily focuses on feminist political organizing strategies which seek to confront imperialism, colonialism, and capitalism in order to create a global movement for queer feminist liberation.    



How to Cite

Lindgren, Rhiannon. 2022. “The Limits of Mutual Aid and the Promise of Liberation Within Radical Politics of Care”. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 42 (1):3-17.