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1st Edition

By Pavla Miller


160 pages

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Patriarchy, particularly as embedded in the Old and New Testaments, and Roman legal precepts, has been a powerful organising concept with which social order has been understood, maintained, enforced, contested, adjudicated and dreamt about for over two millennia of western history. This brief book surveys three influential episodes in this history: seventeenth-century debates about absolutism and democracy, nineteenth-century reconstructions of human prehistory, and the broad mobilisations linked to twentieth-century women's movements. It then looks at the way feminist scholars have reconsidered and revised some earlier explanations built around patriarchy. The book concludes with an overview of current uses of the concept of patriarchy – from fundamentalist Christian activism, over foreign policy analyses of oppressive regimes, to scholarly debates about forms of effective governance. By treating patriarchy as a powerful tool to think with, rather than a factual description of social relations, the text makes a useful contribution to current social and political thought.

Table of Contents

1. Thinking with Patriarchy

2. Remembering Rome and Reading the Bible

3. Absolutism, Democracy and God

4. Patriarchy, Matriarchy and the Origins of Humanity

5. Patriarchy and the Making of Sisterhood

6. Patriarchy in Feminist Scholarship and Activism from the 1980 to the End of the Millennium

7. Contesting Patriarchy Today

About the Author


Pavla Miller

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Pavla Miller is Professor of Historical Sociology in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia).

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General