The Dominant Codes Of Feudal Exploitation

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successful in dissipating “dominant codes of feudal exploitation” (Erdem cited in Barker 2015, 433), moreover it allows class analysis to overcome gender omission and include non-traditional family structures such as gender homogenous families or family with ‘stay-at-home dads’. Ultimately, despite the salient changes that have occurred in the organisation of family life and relations, they are still fundamental to the reproduction of inequalities in modern society. Therefore, a revised class analysis of family through a gender framework creates reflexivity and allows inequalities to be conceptualised in light of contemporary attitudes. Moreover, the manner in which gender is conceptualised by a class analysis of the labour market unveils new and existing inequalities perpetuated by modern society. Despite many societal advances one prolific relic of inequality is the gender pay gap. The Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WEGA) has found that the gender pay gap is currently 17.5% and that “Despite small fluctuations over time, this figure remains virtually unchanged in almost 20 years” such that the gap in 1994 was only 15.9% (Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 2016, 2). The socialist feminism perspective argues that this occurs as a result of the symbiotic relationship between sexism and capitalism whereby the difference between the surplus produced by the unpaid labour of women in the home and their paid occupational labour perpetuates a patriarchal capitalism (Wharton, 2011, 15). Moreover, Sainsbury (cited in Mandel 2009, 295) asserts that this “prevents their equal access to social rights that are tied to paid labour in the long term”. This is further supported a longitudinal study by WEGA who found that “returning ... ... middle of paper ... ...r modes of social organisation, such as gender. This revised framework of class analysis can be applied to the family, the workforce, and to society to understand how inequalities exist within class analysis itself through reflexivity, how new attitudes shape the perception of inequalities, the potential cost of a trade-off intended to achieve an egalitarian society, and institutionalised form of inequality. Ultimately, despite various changes and transformations, so long as class is still a relevant form of social organisation class analysis can still be employed to understand how inequalities perpetuate in modern societies. Thus, the current position of modern society has been summarized by Barker (2015) who state that: “The world today is becoming more and more like the world of the 1930s, but the gendered ideological apparatus that supports it is slow to change.”

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