David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Hypatia 26 (1):1-21 (2011)
Why does the world have the pattern of patriarchy it currently possesses? Why have patriarchal practices and institutions evolved and changed in the ways they have tended to over time in human societies? This paper explores these general questions by integrating a feminist analysis of patriarchy with the central insights of the functionalist interpretation of historical materialism advanced by G. A. Cohen. The paper has two central aspirations: first, to help narrow the divide between analytical Marxism and feminism by redressing the former's neglect of the important role female labor has played, and continues to play, in shaping human history. Second, by developing the functionalist account of historical materialism in order to take patriarchy seriously, we can derive useful insights for diagnosing the emancipatory challenges that women face in the world today. The degree and form of patriarchy present in any particular society is determined by the productive forces it has had at its disposal. According to historical materialism, technological, material, and medical advances that ease the pressures on high fertility rates (such as the sanitation revolution, vaccinations, birth control, and so on) are the real driving forces behind the positive modulations to patriarchy witnessed in the twentieth century.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Sheldon S. Wolin (2006). Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought. Princeton University Press.
Steven A. LeBlanc (2003). Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage. St. Martin's Press.
Karl Marx & David Mclellan (1978). Karl Marx: Selected Writings. Science and Society 42 (4):491-494.
Allen W. Wood (1972). The Marxian Critique of Justice. Philosophy and Public Affairs 1 (3):244-282.
John Roemer (1988). Analytical Marxism. Science and Society 52 (2):229-232.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Colin Farrelly (2005). Historical Materialism and Supervenience. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (4):420-446.
Hana Havelková (1993). "Patriarchy" in Czech Society. Hypatia 8 (4):89 - 96.
Robin Fox (1999). Defending the Young: Female Aggression, Resources, Dominance, and the Emptiness of Patriarchy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (2):224-225.
Charles W. Mills (1989). Is It Immaterial That There's a 'Material' in 'Historical Materialism'? Inquiry 32 (3):323 – 342.
Anna G. Jónasdóttir (1991). Love Power and Political Interests: Towards a Theory of Patriarchy in Contemporary Western Societies. University of Örebro.
Assen Ignatow (1984). Das Geschichtliche in Marxistischer Sicht. Studies in East European Thought 27 (2):147-173.
Joel Dickman (1990). Two Qualms About Functionalist Marxism. Philosophy of Science 57 (4):631-643.
Daniel Little (1986). Historical Materialism and Capital. Topoi 5 (2):187-196.
Gillian Howie (2010). Between Feminism and Materialism: A Question of Method. Palgrave Macmillan.
David M. Buss & Joshua Duntley (1999). The Evolutionary Psychology of Patriarchy: Women Are Not Passive Pawns in Men's Game. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (2):219-220.
Marion Smiley (2004). Democratic Citizenship V. Patriarchy: A Feminist Perspective on Rawls. Fordham Law Review (5):1599-1627.
Amy E. Wendling (2007). Rough, Foul-Mouthed Boys. Radical Philosophy Today 2007:49-67.
Amy E. Wendling (2007). Rough, Foul-Mouthed Boys: Women’s Monstrous Laboring Bodies. Radical Philosophy Today 5:49-67.
Cornelius Castoriadis (1971). History and Revolution: A Revolutionary Critique of Historical Materialism. Bromley(C/o 53a Westmoreland Rd, Bromley, Kent), Solidarity.
Joseph Fracchia (2005). Beyond the Human-Nature Debate: Human Corporeal Organisation as the'First Fact'of Historical Materialism. Historical Materialism 13 (1):33-62.
Added to index2010-11-16
Total downloads53 ( #68,649 of 1,777,925 )
Recent downloads (6 months)12 ( #63,340 of 1,777,925 )
How can I increase my downloads?