The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/04/2010
- Category: History of ideas
- ISBN: 9780141191119
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