The Contradictions of Patriarchy in Early Modern England

  title={The Contradictions of Patriarchy in Early Modern England},
  author={Susan Dwyer Amussen},
  journal={Gender \& History},
  • S. Amussen
  • Published 1 July 2018
  • Art, Economics, History
  • Gender & History
Author(s): Amussen, Susan D | Abstract: This essay argues that in order to develop an understanding of patriarchy as a dynamic historical force, we need to think about it as a social formation which, like capitalism, both shapes and is shaped by other aspects of society. Also like capitalism, patriarchy embodies numerous contradictions. Those contradictions provide space for female agency, as well as possibilities of change. The ability of patriarchy to change and adapt, by moving through… 
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