The everyday exploitation of women: Housework and the patriarchal mode of production

Kynaston C. (1996) The everyday exploitation of women: Housework and the patriarchal mode of production. Women's Studies International Forum, 19 3: 221-237. doi:10.1016/0277-5395(96)00011-8


Author Kynaston C.
Title The everyday exploitation of women: Housework and the patriarchal mode of production
Journal name Women's Studies International Forum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-5395
Publication date 1996-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0277-5395(96)00011-8
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 221
End page 237
Total pages 17
Language eng
Subject 3303 Development
3304 Education
3308 Law
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract This paper explores the links between housework and women's subordination. It attempts to pull together a range of material - theoretical, conceptual, and empirical - in order to provide readers with a clear understanding of the issues involved. The paper draws strongly on the work of dual systems theorists and focuses, in particular, on the concept of the patriarchal mode of production. Empirical evidence of the existence of this mode of production, in both noncapitalist and capitalist societies, is explored. Despite significant cultural variation, a common theme emerges wherein the patriarchal mode of production systematically undermines women's standards of living while systematically enhancing those of men. Because the patriarchal mode of production is a social construct, however, it is clearly open not only to change but also to total overthrow. The prospects for the achievement of such an overthrow are assessed by focusing upon current trends in the gender division of housework.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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