Patriarchy, Leadership and Education
Chapter 2. The new patriarchy
THE NEW PATRIARCHY
How does patriarchy or neopatriarchy become part of the attitudes of the individual? It is by the relentless domination of the older male. The inner structure of the patriarchal family is constituted by relations of authority, domination and dependency, which both reflect and are reflected in the structure of social relations. —Femea, 2003
Patriarchy in a Postmodern World
Postmodernism has revealed the layered complexity of the patriarchal paradigm and its unrelenting, intransigent effect on our social values. Patriarchy has proved much more resilient and difficult to eradicate than anyone believed. It moved from aristocratic and priestly elites to the current political, economic, managerial, and technological ones (French, 1985; Lerner, 1986; 1993). It is expressed through modernist rational beliefs in our society. Elkind (1995) describes the key reasons for the changing values from modernism to postmodernism that have dominated recent history and are expressive of the core values of patriarchy. They can be used to justify both good and evil acts:
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