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Domestic entanglements: Family, state, hierarchy, and the Hobbesian state of nature

Levin, Jamie; MacKay, Joseph


This article revisits the Hobbesian account of the state of nature and the formation of states, attending to Hobbes’s account of the family. Drawing on feminist readings, we find in the Leviathan an account of the family as a natural political community. We contend specifically that a focus on conceptions of family life in the Leviathan, and in works by Hobbes's early modern peers, points to the role of the family as a site of socialisation in the prelude to early state formation and in the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-10-31
Type: Journal article
Source: Review of International Studies
DOI: 10.1017/S0260210518000414


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