By Janisse Ray
Janisse Ray grew up in a junkyard alongside U.S. street 1, hidden from Florida-bound tourists by way of the hedge on the fringe of the line and via hulks of outdated autos and stacks of blown-out tires. Ecology of a Cracker formative years tells how a early life spent in rural isolation and steeped in non secular fundamentalism grew right into a ardour to save lots of the virtually vanished longleaf pine atmosphere that after coated the South. In language right now colloquial, elegiac, and informative, Ray redeems Souths. "Suffused with an identical history-haunted feel of loss that imprints loads of the South and its literature. What units Ecology of a Cracker youth aside is the formidable and arresting venture implied in its identify. . . . Heartfelt and refreshing." - the recent York instances publication evaluate.
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It was, says Engels, the contradiction between this development in production and the matrilineal form of the family then in operation that led to the overthrow of this family form, to its replacement by patrilineage in which property was now entailed through the father's rather than through the mother's line of descent. This, he writes, led to the subjugation of women, to their becoming 'a mere instrument for the production of children' (Engels I884:I2I). At the same time, states Engels (I884:I42), and especially with the advent of capitalism, property came to be owned on an individual rather than collective basis.
Sexist ideologies and practices are dominant in the US (and in other advanced capitalist countries as well) because the material conditions that ensure their effectivity have not radically changed. References Blake, J. (1974) Coercive pronatalism and American population policy. In Ellen Peck and Judith Senderowitz (eds) Prouatalism; The Myth of Mom and Apple Pie. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. Collins, R. (1972) A conflict theory of sexual stratification. In Hans P. ) Family, Marriage, an4 the Struggle of the Sexes.
Marriage, however, is one among the many visible forms that relations of human and social reproduction may take and these relations vary from one mode of production to another. g. households, families, kinship systems, and, depending on the relationship of those larger groups to property, marriages will or will not take place and if they do, it will be under conditions largely independent of the will of the tndividual men and women concerned. Marriages of convenience reflect the interests of those groups and must be understood in their own right, as the reflection of specific relations of production and of human and social reproduction, rather than as deviations from an idealized marriage based solely on love, or as morally suspect.
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray