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Theorising Patriarchy

Walby, Sylvia (1989) Theorising Patriarchy. Sociology, 23 (2). pp. 213-234. ISSN 1469-8684

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Abstract

The concept `patriarchy', while being vital for feminist analysis, has been criticised for not being able to deal with historical and cross-cultural variation in the forms of women's subordination. This paper presents a new way of theorising patriarchy to meet these objections; one which is flexible enough to take account of its various forms, but rigorous enough to be an effective tool for analysis. It leaves behind base-superstructure models of patriarchy in which there is only one base, which have led to many of the rigidities which have been identified, arguing instead for a model of patriarchy as six partially-interdependent structures. The paper concludes with a discussion of the different forms of patriarchy in recent British history.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 25581
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2009 13:49
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/25581

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