The Productive Citizen

Marx, Cultural Time, and Disability

  • Lauren Pass


This paper argues for analyzing the systematic invisibility of persons living with disabilities by temporalizing their oppression within a framework of “productive time,” which I posit as a normative sense of time by which cultural products and practices appear within capitalist economies. I argue that productive time is employed in cultural evaluations of actions that render persons with disabilities as “non-productive agents” who cannot partake in historical processes. My hope is that a theory of productive time will assist social justice efforts in analyzing the oppression of particular minority groups by identifying and combating harmful social values.

How to Cite
Pass, L. (2019). The Productive Citizen: Marx, Cultural Time, and Disability. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 7(1), 51-58. Retrieved from