Gender and Class Revisited; or, the Poverty of `Patriarchy'

  title={Gender and Class Revisited; or, the Poverty of `Patriarchy'},
  author={Anna. Pollert},
  pages={639 - 659}
  • A. Pollert
  • Published 1 November 1996
  • Economics
  • Sociology
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… 
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  • Art
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  • Economics, Sociology
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