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"Explanations" of Male Dominance

Published in 1986, Women's Work, Men's Property: The Origins of Gender and Class, edited by Stephanie Coontz and Peta Henderson, comprises five essays by a group of French and American feminist historians and anthropologists, in search of the sociohistorical basis of gender inequality.

The editors' introduction, reproduced above, surveys previous efforts — anthropological, sociobiological, psychological, and historical — to exhume the origin of male dominance before outlining the conclusions of their own study.

White supremacy, racial patriarchy: two sides of the same coin

The defence of Christian identity is now central to the far Right’s misogynistic and racist campaigns, and some religious leaders are colluding.

Isn’t it high time that the far-right war-mongers and crusaders were finally driven out of the Christian temple?

The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism

The development of distinctive property forms in English agriculture entailed new forms of class struggle. If we want to sum up the ways in which class struggle between landlords and peasants 'liberated' capitalism, it might be closer to the truth to say that capitalism was advanced by the assertion of the landlords' powers against the peasants' claims to customary rights. 

Judith Butler: Precariousness and Grievability

Whose lives are considered valuable, whose lives are mourned, and whose lives are considered ungrievable? This question is perhaps more relevant in light of the Black Lives Matter resurgence, and the outbreak of war in Ukraine, than ever before.

Colonialism as a System for Underdeveloping Africa

Walter Rodney describes the ways colonialism reversed the continent's various paths of progress in order to solidify colonial exploitation.

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