The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State


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Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141191119
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884), was a provocative and profoundly influential critique of the Victorian nuclear family. Engels argued that the traditional monogamous household was in fact a recent construct, closely bound up with capitalist societies. Under this patriarchal system, women were servants and, effectively, prostitutes. Only Communism would herald the dawn of communal living and a new sexual freedom and, in turn, the role of the state would become superfluous.
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

Friedrich Engels, Introduction by: Tristram Hunt

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