Sociology, Department of

 

Date of this Version

1985

Citation

Hill, Michael R. 1985. “Intellectual Violence, Democratic Legitimation, and the War over the Family.” Midwest Feminist Papers 5: 13-19.

Comments

Copyright 1985 Michael R. Hill

Abstract

This paper presents a view of democratically rationalized repression as a framework within which to discuss Brigitte Berger and Peter L. Berger's recent anti-feminist, bourgeois apologetic: The War over the Family: Capturing the Middle Ground. The Bergers' book is presented as an example of intellectual violence, a ruthless attempt to legitimate continuing patriarchal dominance through perverted appeals to "democracy" and democratic principles of fairness and consensus.

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