A Marxist Reappraisal of the Matriarchate [and Comments and Reply]

  title={A Marxist Reappraisal of the Matriarchate [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban and Bettina Aptheker and Jules De Raedt and Lawrence Krader and Joan B. Landes and Lorenz G. L{\"o}ffler and Raoul Makarius and Nancy J. Pollock and R{\"u}diger Schott and Earl Smith},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={341 - 359}
The question of the matriarchate remains unresolved nearly 120 years after its introduction by Bachofen. The idea has separate histories in idealist and materialist thought and in non-Marxist and Marxist science. The origin of the matriarchate-the claim that the maternal clan or descent in the female line was a general stage in culture history which preceded paternal descent and authority-lies in the idealist thinking of Bachofen and McLennan. Morgan and Engels accepted the idea and infused it… Expand
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