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Reading Journal II: The Origin of the Family

November 30, 2021


Hello! I read “The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State: in the Light of the Researches of Lewis H. Morgan”, by Friedrich Engels, published in 1984.

The philosophical treatise focuses on the early history of mankind after the disintegration of primitive communities and the emergence of a stratified society, organized in social classes, a society based on private property. Engles’s conclusion is that the fate of the state is to dissolve at some point and leave behind a classless society.

I was interested in this history of the family, which happens in connection and at similar pacing with the development of private property. The role of women in the family changed from having more rights within their family groups to the nuclear monogamous families, ruled by a patriarch.

The existence of women and children as another type of private property within patriarchy one of the topics of the book we are exploring in the new series of 15 videos about feminism, within our new project, EGALIS.



Source: https://www.marxists.org/romana/m-e/1884/orig/index.htm


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