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The Law of the Father? : Patriarchy in the transition from feudalism to capitalism - Mary Murray

The Law of the Father?

Patriarchy in the transition from feudalism to capitalism

Hardcover Published: 8th December 1994
ISBN: 9780415042567
Number Of Pages: 160

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In "The Law of the Father?" Mary Murray develops a new perspective on the class-patriarchy relationship. Women's rights in and to property are explored in pre-capitalist and capitalist society. Exploring the links between kinship, property and patriarchy as symbiotic and fundamental to the development of the English state, the relationship between women, property and citizenship is seen as central to the "Law of the Father" and the transition to a "capitalist fraternity."
The book maintains a general link between property and the legal regulation of sexual behaviour. The author criticizes the view that women themselves have been property, arguing that it rests on a historically specific concept of history projected back in history, where no such concept existed, and reflects changes in ways of thinking about property which emerged in the course of the transition from feudalism to capitalism.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Debatep. 6
A Way Forwardp. 29
Marxism and the Transition from Feudalism to Capitalismp. 42
Property and Patriarchyp. 57
From 'the Law of the Father' to 'Capitalist Fraternity'?p. 77
Sisters, Daughters and Subordinate Wivesp. 99
Women as Propertyp. 111
Conclusionp. 123
Notesp. 129
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9780415042567
ISBN-10: 0415042569
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 8th December 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1