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A Forgotten Feminist History of Universal Basic Income and Universal Responsible Production

How would ‘responsible production and consumption’, goal 12 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), relate to goals 1, 5, and 10 of SDGs – ‘no poverty’, ‘gender equality’, and ‘reduced inequality’? In the first half of the paper, drawn upon the author’s oral historical work on a working-class women’s liberation movement in the long 1970s Britain (Yamamori 2014), it would be argued that their struggle prefigured the importance and interconnectedness of these goals. The author’s interviewees are working-class women who demanded a Universal Basic Income (UBI) at the intersection of Women’s Liberation Movement and Welfare Rights Movement. They demanded it as the necessary condition to stop what they thought problematic, the examples of which are poverty, dependence of women to men, sexism in social security, gender division of labour, enforcement to unresponsible production, among other things. They succeeded to make UBI as an official demand of the British Women’s Liberation Movement, which was unfortunately erased from history. In the second half of the paper, the contemporary and theoretical implications of the above historical findings will be discussed. Drawn upon the author’s theoretical work on the concept of need in economics (Yamamori 2017, 2019, 2020), it would be argued that the above women’s struggle’s focus on people’s needs has a potential for ethical consumption.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 12:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-8-3
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Feminist, decolonial, anti-racist and anti-ableist ecologies


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