Gender and class revisited; Or, the poverty of 'patriarchy'
UNSPECIFIED (1996) Gender and class revisited; Or, the poverty of 'patriarchy'. In: 14th International Labour Process Conference, ASTON UNIV, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, MAR 27-29, 1996. Published in: Sociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association, 30 (4). pp. 639-659.Full text not available from this repository.
This paper examines the concept of 'patriarchy' as a tool for analysing gender inequality, while signalling the problems which arise from a common confusion between its use as short-hand description and as explanation. It first enters a substantive critique of a theory of 'patriarchy', highlighting its reductionism and circularity. It then broadens to the form of abstract structuralist theorisation used, and its flattening and mechanistic effect on analysis. As an alternative to a dualist approach to 'structures of' capitalism as 'patriarchy', it argues that gendering needs to be understood as integral to all social relations at the start. To unravel the mediations of this intermeshing, theory, rather than being abstract, needs to be embedded in the substantive empirical analysis of social process which might be called feminist historical materialism. The discussion finally considers why it is that a 'grand narrative' of 'patriarchy' survives amid the fashion of post-structuralist fragmentation, pointing to theoretical continuities of self-enclosed theorisation in abstract structuralism and in post-modernist sociology, as one dimension of explanation.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association|
|Publisher:||BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOC|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 639-659|
|Title of Event:||14th International Labour Process Conference|
|Location of Event:||ASTON UNIV, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND|
|Date(s) of Event:||MAR 27-29, 1996|
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