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“To some a book on the origins of sexual inequality is absurd. Male dominance seems to them a universal, if not inevitable, phenomenon that has been with us since the dawn of our species. The essays in this volume offer differing perspectives on the development of sex-role differentiation and sexual inequality, but share a belief that these phenomena did have social origin “To some a book on the origins of sexual inequality is absurd. Male dominance seems to them a universal, if not inevitable, phenomenon that has been with us since the dawn of our species. The essays in this volume offer differing perspectives on the development of sex-role differentiation and sexual inequality, but share a belief that these phenomena did have social origins, origins that must be sought in sociohistorical events and processes.” In this way Stephanie Coontz and Peta Henderson introduce a book which fills a yawning gap in Marxist and feminist theory of recent years. Women’s Work, Men’s Property brings together specialist historical and anthropological skills of a group of American and French feminists to examine the origins of the sexual division of labor, the nature of pre-state kinship societies, the position of women in slave-based societies, and the specific forms taken by the oppression of women in archaic Greece. Men’s Work, Women’s Property will be welcomed by teachers and students of women’s studies and anyone with an interest in the biological, psychological and historical roots of sexual inequality.


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“To some a book on the origins of sexual inequality is absurd. Male dominance seems to them a universal, if not inevitable, phenomenon that has been with us since the dawn of our species. The essays in this volume offer differing perspectives on the development of sex-role differentiation and sexual inequality, but share a belief that these phenomena did have social origin “To some a book on the origins of sexual inequality is absurd. Male dominance seems to them a universal, if not inevitable, phenomenon that has been with us since the dawn of our species. The essays in this volume offer differing perspectives on the development of sex-role differentiation and sexual inequality, but share a belief that these phenomena did have social origins, origins that must be sought in sociohistorical events and processes.” In this way Stephanie Coontz and Peta Henderson introduce a book which fills a yawning gap in Marxist and feminist theory of recent years. Women’s Work, Men’s Property brings together specialist historical and anthropological skills of a group of American and French feminists to examine the origins of the sexual division of labor, the nature of pre-state kinship societies, the position of women in slave-based societies, and the specific forms taken by the oppression of women in archaic Greece. Men’s Work, Women’s Property will be welcomed by teachers and students of women’s studies and anyone with an interest in the biological, psychological and historical roots of sexual inequality.

52 review for Women's Work, Men's Property: The Origins of Gender and Class

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mauri

    I fooled myself looking at the cover - a closer read of the author list, the publisher, and the publication date would have made me realize this was more academic than I currently have the brainpower for.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Probably an easier read with more background in economics and anthropology. Academic, dry, feels interminable in places. Some interesting ideas, but I wish the person who'd recommended this had just handed me a summary. Probably an easier read with more background in economics and anthropology. Academic, dry, feels interminable in places. Some interesting ideas, but I wish the person who'd recommended this had just handed me a summary.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lii

    A book that traces back to the start of human civilisation to investigate how women and their work became men’s property. It discusses it from different academic fields such as biological, Greek mythology, and the start of communities and agriculture. It discusses lengthily the origins of matrilineal and patrilineal communities and how the initiation of trade or exchange saw the beginning of ownership and slaves. This book is simply 5 research essays that are written in an academic manner, yet th A book that traces back to the start of human civilisation to investigate how women and their work became men’s property. It discusses it from different academic fields such as biological, Greek mythology, and the start of communities and agriculture. It discusses lengthily the origins of matrilineal and patrilineal communities and how the initiation of trade or exchange saw the beginning of ownership and slaves. This book is simply 5 research essays that are written in an academic manner, yet they are very readable and interesting!

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