Making Matriarchal Myth Work

Eller Cynthia

in Gentlemen and Amazons

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520248595
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948556 | DOI:
Making Matriarchal Myth Work

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This chapter discusses how the matriarchal myth was used by political activists. It studies Friedrich Engels and Karl Kautsky, who introduced the matriarchal myth into socialist and communist circles, the former through the publication of the Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State. The chapter also studies the first chapter of August Bebel's Women and Socialism and the first-wave feminists who promoted the matriarchal myth.

Keywords: political activists; socialist circles; communist circles; Women and Socialism; first-wave feminists

Chapter.  14255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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