The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State - Penguin Classics

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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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141191119
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 321.1
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 235
Weight: 184g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 15mm