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1. Definition

The term patriarchy (literally “father rule”) means the authority of men over women and children within the family. In addition patriarchy is a theoretical concept used to explain power relationships in society. It is based on the idea that in all significant institutions men exercise power and that women are denied access to corresponding positions because of their gender [15. 295 f.]. Centra…

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Ulbrich, Claudia, “Patriarchy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025328>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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