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The Anti-Social Family

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Although family values are frequently lamented for being in decline, our society continues to be structured around the nuclear family. The Anti-Social Family dissects the network of household, kinship and sexual relations that constitute the family form in advanced capitalist societies. This classic work explores the personal and social needs that the family promises to me ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 17th 1991 by Verso (first published January 1st 1982)
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Aug 23, 2008 Sammy rated it really liked it
An unfortunately forgotten though only sometimes dated work of socialist feminist cultural criticism/sociology. I always appreciate Barrett's depth and range of theoretical insight and uncompromising radicalism. The polemic definitely centers around mid/late-20th century white anglo-american experiences of "the family" and the authors are often daft with regards to race, but Barrett and McIntosh are the first to recognize their own cultural and historical ideological embeddedness.
Aug 19, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it
1980s feminism has long been left behind, and in many ways this has been for the better due to the growing interest and research into intersectional feminism, taking on perspectives from different groups that were previously ignored. I would argue that Barrett's theory is limited in its focus on solely women living in the UK, however a range of different family structures are also considered. I would also like to see more of Barrett's thoughts brought back into mainstream feminism, as critiques ...more
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