Familiar Exploitation

Familiar Exploitation : A New Analysis of Marriage in Contemporary Western Societies

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This important new book recasts conventional understandings of the family as an institution for organizing labour and consumption. Delphy and Leonard present their wide-ranging theoretical discussion alongside a comparative study of the family in urban and rural areas.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 156 x 229 x 17mm | 476g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745609856
  • 9780745609850
  • 2,340,407

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This important new book creates new terms for thinking about genderand generational relationships. In so doing it recasts conventionalunderstandings of the family as an institution for organizinglabour and consumption.

Delphy and Leonard present their wide-ranging theoreticaldiscussion alongside a comparative study of the family in urban andrural areas. Theoretical innovation is consistently matched byempirical analysis of the family in diverse settings.
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Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Feminism and the Family. Part I: Critical Perspectives. 2. Part of Capitalism: Accounts of Womens' Oppression in the Family by Traditional Marxists. 3. Still Part of Capitalism? Marxist Feminist Accounts of the Family. Part II: A New Theoretical Approach to the Western Family. 4. Housework, Household Work and Family Work. 5. The Family as an Economic System: Introduction and Common Misconceptions. 6. The Family as an Economic System: Theoretical Outline. Part III: Empirical Studies. 7. Factory Workers' Families in England. 8. Farm Families in France. 9. The Variety of Work Done by Wives. 10. Conclusion. Bibliography.
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'... pathbreaking... Having read their analysis of the household... one can never see the family in the same way again. It will be a very useful text for teaching.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'This work provides a fresh perspective on gender relations.' Family Matters 'Brilliant feminist analysis of the family as an economic system.' Ms Magazine
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About Christine Delphy

Diana Leonard has been active in women's movement journals, libraries, conferences and campaigns for nearly twenty years.
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