Patriarchal Relations Between The Patriarchy And The Mode Of Production

2061 WordsMay 21, 20169 Pages
Patriarchal structures that have played a profound role in shaping the economy throughout history remain systemic to the organisation of today’s economic capitalism. Maria Mies’ work, Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale, looks at the role of the patriarchy in maintaining social relations of production that is conducive to capitalistic ideals. This notion remains relevant and potent in today’s society. Remnants of patriarchal relations fundamentally enable the extent of class, exploitation, agency and power that drives this capitalist economy. While man-woman relations are conducive the process of capital accumulation, they are not mutually indispensible. That is, there is no infinite or explicit relationship between labour-wage gender inequality under capitalism. However, it is the inability to disaffirm the prevalence of gendered norms that define women’s place in society enables the patriarchy to work in favour of capitalism and vice versa. The interdependence between the patriarchy and the mode of production will be analysed in this essay through three principle premises. The starting point will look at the social organisation of hierarchical sexual relations based on biological natures. This will be the foundational and underlying basis in which the patriarchy subliminally persists and reaffirms itself to influence capitalist societies. Further on, it will look at the ways in which male-female relations that have persisted from precapitalist times continue to
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