Tower Workshops, Riley Road, SE1 3DG
Following our successful series of meetings on Marxism and Feminism Workers' Liberty women want to continue to renew, rethink and discuss ideas with others - so we're starting a reading group. We're beginning in London in June but hope to start groups in other cities too shortly so if you're interested contact us to be put in touch with people in your area.
This monthly reading group will study the foundations of Marxist interpretations of women’s oppression. We will begin with Frederick Engels’ 1884 study The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State. Subsequent readings will be discussed and decided upon at the June meeting.
SESSION ONE: READING ENGELS
Sunday 16 June • 3-5pm
In ‘The Origin of the Family’ Engels traced the prehistoric roots of women's oppression. His purpose was to prove wrong those who claimed women's inferior status was 'natural’, to say that it is embedded in societal structures which can be changed. From that point of view Engels is still relevant.
Engels used the work of contemporary evolutionary anthropologist Lewis Morgan as the basis for this study. Later researchers have filled in the gaps in that account and come up with different theories. Our group will look at some of those accounts.
• Please read this short introduction for general context
• And the full text can be found here:
We welcome all self-defining women to join us for discussion. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the reading for second session, venue and anything else you wish to know!
Donations towards photocopying etc welcome. Bring food and snacks to share.
Contact: email@example.com or 07883 520 852