In recent years, a huge number of sizeable and significant social movements and struggles have erupted in the context of protracted, multi-dimensional crises of social reproduction – crises, in other words, in the practices, relationships, structures, and institutions that ensure the daily, as well as inter-generational, maintenance of life. The origins of this current cycle of movements can be traced back at least as far as the mass protests of 2007-2008, where demonstrations and riots broke out in response to food price rises in at least 30 countries, from Burkina Faso to Yemen. It is a cycle that continued through the events of the Arab Spring, and well beyond; a wave of revolutions that famously brought down entire regimes, and that are widely understood as having been driven, at least in part, by rising unemployment, food and living costs. Job losses, foreclosures, homelessness and dispossession, indebtedness, and rising precarity have shaped the realities of many in the wake of the Great Recession of the late-2000s. Although for many of course, an economic crisis – a crisis in the capacity to meet needs and desires in the context of scarce resources – long predates this point. It is these crises of social reproduction, and the emergence of social movements and struggles from within them, that provides the context in which much recent scholarship on the politics of reproduction has been produced and has circulated. It is also what has given it much of its urgency. This special issue of spheres contributes to a critical engagement with the politics of reproduction, and as this relates to digital cultures in particular.