Is patriarchy relevant in understanding families?
Definitions and ideals of how men, women and children should behave are a central organising feature of all societies. The content of such rules, however, is highly variable between cultures and over time. It became apparent in the last chapter that in Western European society, despite extensive involvement in all spheres of work before and during the development of capitalism, women and children were not accorded the same status or economic rewards as men. In spite of a variety of changes since, inequalities based on sex and age remain. Why has this been the case, and how have they been justified?
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