Kinship To Kingship

Kinship To Kingship

by Christine Ward Gailey

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Kinship To Kingship by Christine Ward Gailey

Have women always been subordinated? If not, why and how did women’s subordination develop? Kinship to Kingship was the first book to examine in detail how and why gender relations become skewed when classes and the state emerge in a society.

Using a Marxist-feminist approach, Christine Ward Gailey analyzes women’s status in one society over three hundred years, from a period when kinship relations organized property, work, distribution, consumption, and reproduction to a class-based state society. Although this study focuses on one group of islands, Tonga, in the South Pacific, the author discusses processes that can be seen through the neocolonial world.

This ethnohistorical study argues that evolution from a kin-based society to one organized along class lines necessarily entails the subordination of women. And the opposite is also held to be true: state and class formation cannot be understood without analyzing gender and the status of women. Of interest to students of anthropology, political science, sociology, and women’s studies, this work is a major contribution to social history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292724587
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 12/01/1987
Series: Sourcebooks in Anthropology
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Christine Ward Gailey is Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of California Riverside.

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