Definition of Patriarchal Authority
Example of Patriarchal Authority
- A family in which the father makes the decisions concerning finances and childcare with no or limited input from the mother.
Patriarchal Authority Pronunciation
Syllabification: pa·tri·ar·chal au·thor·i·ty
- 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/
- Plural: patriarchal authorities
- A family led by a male is a patriarchy and called a patriarchal family or patriarchal household.
- In contrast to patriarchal authority, matriarchal authority is when power is exerted most by females or egalitarian authority, when power is shared.
- Also called patrifocality.
- “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).
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- Word origin of “patriarchal” and “authority” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
Connell, Raewyn. 1987. Gender and Power: Society, the Person, and Sexual Politics. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
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.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “patriarchal authority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 5, 2023 (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)
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“patriarchal authority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Feb. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/patriarchal-authority/>.