New PDF release: Engels Revisited: Feminist Essays

By Janet Sayers, Mary Evans, Nanneke Redclift

ISBN-10: 0415571391

ISBN-13: 9780415571395

This reissued paintings, first released in 1987, examines the difficult and divisive attitudes which bourgeois and socialist feminists take to the query of the hyperlinks among patriarchy and capitalism and the significance of sophistication clash as an incredible reason behind women's subordination. Engels nonetheless occcupies a relevant position during this debate and feminists writing within the hundred years because the booklet of The beginning of the relatives, inner most estate and the State usually flip to this e-book in an try and locate validation for his or her vital argument.

The individuals to this quantity re-examine Engels' theories and evaluation facts from these societies that experience tried to enforce his trust that the foremost to the emancipation of ladies lies of their access to social production.

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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.

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