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Communism and Motherhood

  • By: Agata Wilkins
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Communism is a political ideology that aims to establish an egalitarian, classless society, in which the means of production are common property. According to Marxist theory, which constitutes the most prominent philosophical basis for modern communist thought, private ownership of the means of production is the primary cause of economic oppression and exploitation in capitalist societies. The word communism is also often used to denote a state that embraces some form of one-party or authoritarian government, in which the dominant ideology is Marxism-Leninism; however, such states are not properly considered communist societies, according to Marxist thought. Historically, the emergence of modern communism can be traced back to Thomas More's 1516 treatise Utopia, a description of a society without private property.

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