Close to Home: Materialist Analysis of Women’s Oppression by Christine Delphy

By Christine Delphy

Classic research of gender family and patriarchy below capitalism

initially released in 1984, Close to Home is the vintage learn of kinfolk, patriarchal ideologies, and the politics and technique of women’s liberation. at the desk during this forceful and provocative debate are questions of even if males might be feminists, even if “bourgeois” and heterosexual ladies are retrogressive contributors of the women’s stream, and the way most sensible to fight opposed to the a number of oppressions girls endure.

Rachel Hills’s foreword to this new version explores how Christine Delphy’s research of marriage because the establishment at the back of the exploitation of unpaid women’s hard work is as radical and correct this present day because it ever was once.

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Our model of our social system) is composed of several sub-systems, several modes of production. Studying how possessions are passed from one generation to the next in the family is interesting because it shows the mechanisms which produce complementary and antagonistic classes at work. It shows how owners are divided from non-owners of the means of production. The effect of the dispossession of one group is clear in the agricultural world for instance. Those who do not inherit – women and younger siblings – work unpaid for their husbands and inheriting brothers.

I am still working on this. If I have used a fairly vague term, it has been so as to show from the start that I consider the oppression of women to be a system. But the question is, what constitutes the system and how does it function? The concept has to be filled in, and this can only be done bit by bit. I have, however, since entering the field, restricted the meaning I attach to the term patriarchy. For many it is synonymous with ‘the subordination of women’. It carries this meaning for me too, but with this qualification: I add the words ‘here and now’.

Some talk of men and women as being ‘groups’, but the term ‘groups’ says nothing about their mode of constitution. It can be thought that two groups – the dominant and the dominated – each has an origin which is sui generis; that having already come into existence, they later enter into a relationship; and that this relationship, at a still later time, becomes characterized by domination. The concept of class, however, inverts this scheme. It implies that each group cannot be considered separately from the other, because they are bound together by a relationship of domination; nor can they even be considered together but independently of this relationship.

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