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The Origin Of The Family, Private Property And The State



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Author: Engels, Friedrich
ISBN: 9780141191119
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2010
Pages: 236
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 17mm
Format: Paperback / softback

The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884), was a provocative and profoundly influential critique of the Victorian nuclear family. Engels argued that the traditional monogamous household was in fact a recent construct, closely bound up with capitalist societies. Under this patriarchal system, women were servants and, effectively, prostitutes. Only Communism would herald the dawn of communal living and a new sexual freedom and, in turn, the role of the state would become superfluous.