Communism In Motion: How Hunter-Gatherers Make Egalitarianism Work

Morna Finnegan: Communism In Motion — How Hunter Gatherers Make Egalitarianism Work 19 December 2017

Morna Finnegan

Communism In Motion: How Hunter-Gatherers Make Egalitarianism Work
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 18:45

Drawing on her fieldwork with the Bayaka forest hunter-gatherers of the Congo Basin, Morna explains how women take the initiative in regular riotous yet playful rituals to make sure that men behave. She calls this 'communism in motion' because gender egalitarianism is never a fixed or settled state but has to be constantly nurtured and established anew. Morna's feminist message is politically uncompromising. One not to be missed!

Hunter-gatherer egalitarianism is not a fixed state, but a playful to-and-fro between dominance and resistance, resistance always winning in the end.

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