1884 marked the publication of Engels’s The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, a text which suggested a direct link between the subordination of women and the emergence of the private ownership of property. Although this text was a fundamental part of the Marxist canon (and hugely influential in the ordering of state socialist societies) it also has a long and influential role in the history of the social sciences, particularly in sociology and anthropology. The search for the ‘origins’ of the social world is one which was hugely influenced by Engels and the essays in this volume (which is to be re-issued in 2010) explore various aspects of his argument.


Engels Revisited: New Feminist Essays


London and New York, 1987

ISBN 0422 60810 6