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

@article{Pollert1996GenderAC,
  title={Gender and Class Revisited; or, the Poverty of `Patriarchy'},
  author={A. Pollert},
  journal={Sociology},
  year={1996},
  volume={30},
  pages={639 - 659}
}
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… Expand
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