Patriarchal Relations and Sexual Division of Labour

  • Dong-Sook Shin Gills
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The analysis of women’s subordination, has up to now been broadly based on two contending streams of thought. Marxist feminists have emphasised class relations within capitalism specifically as being the root of gender inequality, especially that of subordination of women’s labour. They regard gender/sex asymmetry as being derivative of capitalist class relations. On the other hand, those who use the concept of patriarchy, especially radical feminists, as a transhistorical category, reject class analysis as being insufficient to explain gender relations. For them, patriarchy is an independent set of social relations from class relations.


Domestic Work Social Formation Colonial Government Domestic Sphere Sexual Division 
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© Dong-Sook Shin Gills 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dong-Sook Shin Gills
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  1. 1.School of Social and International StudiesUniversity of SunderlandUK

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