Families and patriarchy: From normative prescription to creative subversion | Famílias e patriarcado: Da prescrição normativa à subversão criativa

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Author list: Koller S
Publisher: Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social
Publication year: 2006
Journal: Psicologia and Sociedade (0102-7182)
Volume number: 18
Issue number: 1
Start page: 49
End page: 55
Number of pages: 7
ISSN: 0102-7182
eISSN: 1807-0310
Languages: Portuguese-Brazil (PT-BR)


This paper discusses patriarchy as a normative discourse on family
roles, as patriarchal values have crossed centuries and still mark
today's family constitution. Patriarchy linked to capitalism is also
discussed as one possible explanation for women's oppression in the
social system. In spite of social and legal achievements about equality
rights between men and women, discrimination established by patriarchy
is a kind of gender violence and women's human rights violation.
However, despite patriarchy's normative prescription, families invent
other family roles in their daily experiences, which explodes the
remaining hegemonic patriarchal normative discourse. It also shows the
creative and subversive human resistance power against imposed
prescriptions, specially female resistance power against patriarchal
oppression that has been imposed upon women for centuries.


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