He spent time in France and elsewhere in Europe following his father. He died in Hastings , Sussex, England on 11 December Asked how to pronounce his name, Briffault told The Literary Digest : "Should be pronounced bree'-foh , without attempting to give it a French pronunciation. His first wife m.
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The First Sexual Revolution would come about after men became aware of this fact and let it go to their heads. Briffault was a brilliant and eccentric anthropologist who became convinced of this same idea and exhaustively documented t I'd first gotten excited about the matriarchal theory when I encountered it in Robert Graves, who made a compelling if unscientific case for the notion that, before people understood that men help women to reproduce, women held the upper hand in social relations.
Briffault was a brilliant and eccentric anthropologist who became convinced of this same idea and exhaustively documented the evidence he found for it, from all around the world and throughout history.
While his ideas have never gained much currency amongst the orthodox, they had a strong influence on later feminist theory, as for instance through Riane Eisler's The Chalice and the Blade. Regardless of whether you consider this a pioneering work of brilliant insight or merely a curio of an era where much of science was still performed by talented amateurs, it remains a fascinating and provocative read. I read the abridged version many years ago when the Brighton branch of the Boston Public Library had it.
When I looked for it about ten years ago, I found, to my dismay, that the library had disposed of it. Fortunately, a lot of the local academic libraries have it. This is another book I started about ten years ago, suspended reading a couple years later, only to resume it about three years ago. This book is in an old style, so there are a lot of footnotes, and the sentences are long with lots I read the abridged version many years ago when the Brighton branch of the Boston Public Library had it.
This book is in an old style, so there are a lot of footnotes, and the sentences are long with lots of clauses.
The polyamory crowd has apparently overlooked this book, maybe because they want to be a "modern" social phenomenon. There is a lot to say for the prevalence of liberty in sexual relations, and the consequent infanticides and terminations of pregnancy, and how people rarely connected it with marriage.
Further, it was usually the women who did the choosing and initiated sexual relations. Jan 06, Tom Calvard rated it liked it. Sprawling challenging book on matriarchal origins of civilization. I found this hard-going but there is an array of interesting chapters on how tribes around the world viewed the world, sex and gender relations.
Even abridged it is still very long. An introduction by Gordon Rattray Taylor points out that parts of the theory probably don't hold up very coherently, but it is still very thought-provoking. Matriarchal elements of cultures and societies could come to the fore again in human history - Sprawling challenging book on matriarchal origins of civilization. Matriarchal elements of cultures and societies could come to the fore again in human history - who knows!
It might be a refreshing change from centuries of patriarchy! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Robert Briffault.
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The Mothers: the Matriarchal Theory of Social Origins
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