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patriarchal authority

Definition of Patriarchal Authority

(noun) A family or group dynamic where the father or male exerts the most power and authority.

Example of Patriarchal Authority

Patriarchal Authority Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌpeɪtriˈɑrk(ə)l ɔˈθɔrədi/
      • /ˌpeɪtriˈɑrk(ə)l əˈθɔrədi/
      • /ˌpeɪtriˈɑrk(ə)l ɑˈθɔrədi/
    • British English
      • /ˌpeɪtrɪˈɑːkl ɔːˈθɒrᵻti/
      • /ˌpatrɪˈɑːkl ɔːˈθɒrᵻti/
  • Syllabification: (pa·tri·ar·chal au·thor·i·ty)

Usage Notes

Related Quotation

  • “There is an ordering of versions of femininity and masculinity at the level of the whole society, in some ways analogous to the patterns of face-to-face relations with institution. the possibilities of variation, of course, are vastly greater. The sheer complexity of relationships involving millions of people guarantees that ethnic differences and generational differences as well as class patterns come into play. But in key aspects the organization of gender on the very large scale must be more skeletal and simplified than the human relationships in face-to-face milieux. The forms of femininity and masculinity constituted at this level are stylized and impoverished. Their interrelation is centred on the single structural fact, the global dominance of men over women” (Connell 1987:183).

Additional Information

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Connell, Raewyn. 1987. Gender and Power: Society, the Person, and Sexual Politics. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Works Consulted

Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2011. Sociology: The Core. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Thompson, William E., and Joseph V. Hickey. 2012. Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Patriarchal Authority

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “patriarchal authority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/patriarchal-authority/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

patriarchal authority. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/patriarchal-authority/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “patriarchal authority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/patriarchal-authority/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“patriarchal authority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/patriarchal-authority/>.