Theory & Struggle

Engels Memorial Lecture: Women’s oppression, the origin of the family and the condition of the working class

Theory & Struggle (2021), 122, (1), 190–199.

Abstract

This article, based on the author’s Engels Memorial Lecture on 26 November 2020, examines the significance of Friedrich Engels’s seminal work on the origin of the family, the oppression of women and the relationship of both to the development of private property. While accepting his overall analysis and rejecting alternatives, the article questions the application of Engels’s theory to an understanding of the working-class family. It suggests a way in which this lacuna can be remedied from a Marxist perspective.

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Davis, Mary