surplus labour

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surplus labour

(MARXISM) labour performed in all class societies, which is undertaken at the command of others or for payment, which enriches an exploiting class. In capitalism this labour produces SURPLUS VALUE. See also LABOUR POWER, LABOUR THEORY OF VALUE.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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