This reissued work, first published in 1987, examines the problematic and divisive attitudes which bourgeois and socialist feminists take to the question of the links between patriarchy and capitalism and the importance of class conflict as a major cause of women's subordination.
1. Introduction: Engels, Socialism, and feminism 2. The Origin of the Family: Born out of Scarcity not Wealth 3. Marxist and Non-Marxist Elements in Engels' Views on the Oppression of Women 4. For Engels: Psychoanalytic Perspectives 5. Engels: Materialism and Morality 6. Engels, Sexual Divisions and the Family 7. Rights in Women: Kinship, Culture and Materialism 8. Engels and the Making of Chinese Family Policy