TITLE

A Feminist Way to Unconditional Basic Income: Claimants Unions and Women's Liberation Movements in 1970s Britain

AUTHOR(S)
Yamamori, Toru
PUB. DATE
December 2014
SOURCE
Basic Income Studies;Dec2014, Vol. 9 Issue 1/2, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores how the demand for an unconditional basic income (UBI) was discussed in the British Women's Liberation Movement (WLM) in the 1970s. A resolution for UBI was passed with a majority vote at the National Women's Liberation Conference in 1977. However, this fact appears not to have been properly recorded in any academic literature. This is slightly surprising because it has been more than a decade since feminist academics started to argue either for or against UBI. The resolution was raised by working class women in the Claimants Unions Movement. This article records and analyses their feminist articulation of the UBI and the unfortunate fate of their resolution along with their intersections with other feminists. It is based mainly on oral historical interviews with ex-claimants women (128).
ACCESSION #
100522488

 

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