The Failure of Modern Civilization and the Struggle for a «Deep» Alternative

On «Critical Theory of Patriarchy» as a New Paradigm

by Claudia von Werlhof (Author)
Monographs 304 Pages
Series: Beiträge zur Dissidenz, Volume 26


Western civilization is the Utopia of a better and higher life on Earth. The globalization of neo-liberalism proves that this project has failed. The paradigm of «Critical Theory of Patriarchy» explains this failure and discusses alternatives. By confronting the central civilizations in history, the egalitarian, life-oriented matriarchal one, and the hierarchical, nature and life dominating, hostile patriarchal one, we see that 5000 years of patriarchy have «replaced» matriarchies and nature itself by a «progressive» counter-world of «capital». This transformation characterizes «capitalist patriarchy» including «socialism». Its demise is due to the «alchemical» destruction of the world’s resources, thought of, theologically legitimized and fetishized as «creation». This violence is not recognized. Elites have, instead, begun with a new «military alchemy», treating the whole Planet as weapon of mass destruction. Hence, the «Planetary Movement for Mother Earth».


ISBN (Hardcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 301 pp.

Biographical notes

Claudia von Werlhof (Author)

Claudia von Werlhof, born in 1943 in Berlin; 1988 Professor of Political Science/Women’s Studies, University Innsbruck (Austria); Latin American Studies, University Bielefeld (Germany); PhD 1974, Habilitation 1984; Empirical research: Central- and South America; Theoretical contributions: «Bielefeld School» to paradigm of «Critical Theory of Patriarchy». Participation: international social movements, last «Planetary Movement for Mother Earth».


Title: The Failure of Modern Civilization and the Struggle for a «Deep» Alternative