Bringing It All Back Home. Class, Gender and Power in the by Harriet Fraad;Richard Wolff;Stephen Resnick

By Harriet Fraad;Richard Wolff;Stephen Resnick

Bringing all of it again domestic makes use of the intimate area of the loved ones because the particular environment for a groundbreaking examine of the relationships among category, gender and tool this present day. The authors - and the feminist students who provided responses to their critique - combine the wealthy traditions of Marxism and feminism, and newer advancements in Marxian thought and Lacanian psychoanalysis, to theorise a brand new method of the modern concern of the family members.

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For example, changes in the capitalist existences of males can produce contradictions and tensions in feudal households. If wages fall, and men pressure their wives for more feudal surplus labor, the women may resist and tensions may mount. To take another example, if women reduce their household feudal exploitation, contradictions and tensions may intensify, especially if the husbands' wages cannot then be raised. Such contradictions and tensions can have far-reaching social significance. Contradictions and Tensions in the Household To the degree that women resist pressures to increase feudal surplus labor to offiet men's falling wages, the men's living standards may fall.

Men are driven to give less of their wages to wives for household means of production, donations to church, consumer debt repayment, childrearing expenses, and so on, in order to maintain their capitalist position as wage-earners. Yet, they are also driven to give more of their wages to their wives to secure the requirements of their position as feudal lords. They are, of course, also motivated by their complex thoughts and feelings about other household members. For Every Knight 31 Feudal wives are also torn.

Political processes also include domestic violence, the threat of the use of physical force inside the household to control the behavior of its members. These are the household equivalents of police and military forces in the wider society. The syndrome of the battered wife is now well documented (Chapman and Gates 1978; Dobash and Dobash 1979; McNulty 1980; Pagelow 1981; Roy 1982; and Stacey and Shupe 1983). The class and gender positions of the women within traditional households are effects, in part, of potential and actual physical force used against them there.

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