Theorising Patriarchy

  title={Theorising Patriarchy},
  author={Sylvia Walby},
  pages={213 - 234}
  • S. Walby
  • Published 1 May 1989
  • Sociology
  • Sociology
The concept `patriarchy', while being vital for feminist analysis, has been criticised for not being able to deal with historical and cross-cultural variation in the forms of women's subordination. This paper presents a new way of theorising patriarchy to meet these objections; one which is flexible enough to take account of its various forms, but rigorous enough to be an effective tool for analysis. It leaves behind base-superstructure models of patriarchy in which there is only one base… 

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