The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
Frederick Engels' classic work, first published in 1884, setting out a materialist explanation for the oppression of women. He shows that women's subjugation is inextricably bound up with the dissolution of the egalitarian "primitive" commune and the emergence of class society - characterised by private property, the family and the state.Engels' analysis gives lie to claims that women's oppression is eternal, a function of biology or the supposed ritual order of things. Pat Brewer's introduction updates Engels' analysis in the light of new evidence. This is essential reading for feminists today.
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The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State
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Page 12 - Thus at every step we are reminded that we by no means rule over nature like a conqueror over a foreign people, like someone standing outside nature — but that we, with flesh, blood and brain, belong to nature, and exist in its midst...
Page 25 - According to the materialistic conception, the determining factor in history is, in the final instance, the production and reproduction of immediate life. This, again, is of a twofold character; on the one side, the production of the means of existence, of food, clothing and shelter and the tools necessary for that production; on the other side, the production of human beings themselves...
Page 25 - ... production and reproduction of immediate life. This, again, is of a twofold character: on the one side, the production of the means of existence, of food, clothing and shelter and the tools necessary for that production; on the other side, the production of human beings themselves, the propagation of the species.