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SOAN 2112 Lecture Notes - Lewis H. Morgan, Friedrich Engels, Manufacturing Consent

Sociology and Anthropology
Course Code
SOAN 2112
Linda Hunter

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Monday, February 11/2013 SOC 2111/2
- Society’s Shadow – on counterculture in the 1800s
- Roots documentary
- Place of the Boss Documentary
- Manufacturing Consent
- What is justice? (coming up)
- Money for nothing (coming up)
- Few clips from:
o Mansfield Park
o Emma
o Waking…..
Frederick Engels
- The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State (1884)
o Production of means of existence
o Production of human beings themselves
o Influence of Lewis Henry Morgan anthropologist
o Engels tried to give due consideration to two forms of production:
labour market, material goods and also, reproduction
o Historical approach to understanding the family
o Family from this standpoint had undergone changes but no one really
studied it
o Morgan studied the Iroquois for 4 decades of his life Engels then
wrote the book Origin of Family, Private Property and State
o Women were held in high regard and respected matrilineal descent
and matrilineal power how did they lose it?
Wealth in community housing, clothing, weapons, boats,
utensils. Food was important back then and had to be everyday
fresh domestication of animals. Man’s responsibility to obtain
food. He also then owned the means of production (the
weapon) and if men and women separated due to the climate,
he would take with him his tools and the women would take
household items. He could not give his own belongings at that
time (because the kids belonged to the mom’s clan). As wealth
increased for the man, the pairing family began to strengthen,
and then the men began to strengthen. He wanted this
matrilineal heritage to change wanted his children to get his
belongings and descent from him. The monogamy is important
here so men know that their kid is actually their child. For
Engels, might have been some sexual love or chastity, came
about, as a victory for private property over communal
property was the real reason. Marriage in this circumstance,
turned into some a form of prostitution had to marry for her
status but did not love him.
o Engels socialist society would look after children… (?)
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