What if we could do better than the family?
We need to talk about the family. For those who are lucky, families can be filled with love and care, but for many they are sites of pain: from abandonment and neglect, to abuse and violence. Nobody is more likely to harm you than your family.
Even in so-called happy families, the unpaid, unacknowledged work that it takes to raise children and care for each other is endless and exhausting. It could be otherwise: in this urgent, incisive polemic, leading feminist critic Sophie Lewis makes the case for family abolition.
Abolish the Family traces the history of family abolitionist demands, beginning with nineteenth century utopian socialist and sex radical Charles Fourier, the Communist Manifesto and early-twentieth century Russian family abolitionist Alexandra Kollontai. Turning her attention to the 1960s, Lewis reminds us of the anti-family politics of radical feminists like Shulamith Firestone and the gay liberationists, a tradition she traces to the queer marxists bringing family abolition to the twenty-first century. This exhilarating essay looks at historic rightwing panic about Black families and the violent imposition of the family on indigenous communities, and insists: only by thinking beyond the family can we begin to imagine what might come after.
Sophie Lewis es una pensadora, crítica y traductora que vive en Filadelfia. Ha publicado su trabajo —sobre temas que van desde el cortejo hasta Donna Haraway— en plataformas y no académicas; Boston Review, Viewpoint, Signs, Science as Culture, Jacobin, New Inquiry, Mute, Salvage Quarterly, entre otras. Ha traducido al inglés Comunismo para todxs, de Bini Adamczak (junto con Jacob Blumenfeld), Pequeña historia del feminismo, de Antje Schrupp y Other and Rule de Sabine Hark y Paula Villa. Feminista comprometida con la ecología cíborg y el comunismo queer, forma parte del colectivo Out of the Woods y es colaboradora de Blind Field: A Journal of Cultural Inquiry. Otra subrogación es posible es su primer libro.