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6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. unproductive labour (although the workers were productive in the 'pure' meaning of producing commodities and surplus value), while oppression refers to all other forms of un freedom. Friedan (1963) The Feminine Mystique, p. 13. Engels (1970) The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State in Marx and Engels (1970) Selected Works in One Volume, p. 501. See Reich (1971) The Invasion of Compulsory Sex-Morality; Delmar (1976) 'Looking Again at Engels' "Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State" " in Mitchell and Oakley (eds), The Rights and Wrongs of Women, p.

But there had been moments of change, possibilities of new departures. For in spite of women workers' 'double burden', as women and as wage workers, it was their collective experience in social production which offered a challenge to break the vicious circle of their oppression as women, their exploitation as workers. It is to these unheard sounds and unseen movements that we now turn. Notes to the Introduction 1. Tabar (1979) Iran: No Revolution without Women's Liberation. 2. There are a number of technical difficulties regarding the concept of 'exploitation' in some formulations of Marxist theory.

In a town which had seen few large demonstrations over the previous ten years, 10,000 took to the streets in their support. Spontaneous anger flared up, too. April 1980 saw a second 'Bristol Riots', an expression of general frustration by mainly young people, black and white, in the run-down inner-city area of St Paul's. Introduction 19 The local bank was burnt, shops looted, and the police beaten into a hasty retreat. Similar but less well publicised skirmishes took place in another high-unemployment area, the council estate of Southmead.

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