This book takes a new look at the relationship between socialism and feminism before the First World War, through a detailed examination of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF), Britain's first Marxist party. It reassesses the history of the SDF, exploring for the first time SDF ideas and practice on issues such as marriage and "free love," women and work, and the suffrage, as well as the attitudes taken toward women and their potential as socialists. Dr. Hunt shows how the SDF came to equivocate officially on the woman question and how this shaped what it meant to be a socialist woman in the following years.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)|
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. The Woman Question: The Theory: 1. The contribution of the founding fathers; 2. The SDF's understanding of the woman question; 3. Understanding the SDF and the woman question; Part II. The SDF and the Woman Question: The Theory and Practice of the Party on Aspects of the Woman Question: 4. The politics of the private sphere; 5. Women and work; 6. The suffrage; Part III. Women and the SDF: The Practical Implications of the SDF's Understanding of the Woman Question: 7. The SDF's attitude to women as potential socialists; 8. Women SDFers and their role in the party; 9. The organisation of the women within the SDF; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.