Newcastle Marxists: Origins of the family


Venue: Barbara Strang Teaching Centre, G.34

Science allows us to understand the world in which we live. It has allowed us to build up a picture of the past, and even permitted us to understand the origins of our own species. 

However, as in all fields of scientific study, there is a continuing conflict of outlook and method among the schools of anthropology about how the past should be interpreted. One is broadly based upon a materialist, evolutionary approach, while the other attempts to approach the past through the narrow prejudices of present day class society, helping to reinforce the notions of “natural” inequality, male domination and class rule.

In this discussion on the origins of the family, we will be taking the former approach, a dialectical materialist approach.