I was wondering if anyone has any pointers for reading about the "critique of the family", gender relations, the nuclear family as an economic unit, patriarchy, unpaid reproductive work etc. in the period before the Communist Manifesto in 1848.
Any history of working class movements or radical authors within social movements dealing with these questions before then? Or any feminist history of antipatriarchical aspects of social struggles in and social critiques of early capitalism/industrialization?
I'm wondering about the context in which these issues and positions were put forward in the Communist Manifesto - the discussion there is very defiant, in the face of "outrage" over communist calls to abolish the family. So I imagine this must at least have been a view receiving public attention, rooted in working class politics, and assume there must be some depth behind this to learn more about.
Cheers for any suggestions.