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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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: pa·tri·ar·chal au·thor·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /pay-tree-AHR-kuhl uh-thOR-uh-tee/
  • British English – /pAY-triah-kuhl aw-thOr-i-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌpeɪtriˈɑrkəl əˈθɔrəti/
  • British English – /ˌpeɪtrɪˈɑːkəl ɔːˈθɒrɪti/

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

Related Terms


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 March 4, 2024 (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 March 4, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/patriarchal-authority/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“patriarchal authority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 4 Mar. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/patriarchal-authority/>.