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The term patriarchy refers to an organization, institution, or society in which power, social control, material wealth, and high social status accrue predominantly to males rather than females. Patriarchy is one of the most enduring and pervasive of all social patterns. It appears in all eras, among all races, social institutions, and economic classes, and in virtually every known culture. Rising initially in early family and kinship structures, hierarchical patriarchal patterns are found today around the globe not only in family and kinship groups but also throughout the major social institutions, including language, family, economy, polity, religion, law, education, science, and medicine.
CPDI discussion circle: Power
Power comes in many forms and can be situational or structural. Having power in one area does not necessarily negate areas of powerlessness in others, and vice versa.
Discussion circle handout
The objective of these discussion circles is to co-create, maintain and sustain a generative learning space that allows everyone (no matter where you are in your journey) to talk through and share knowledge, experiences and understanding of what are often difficult and challenging topics. Together we hope to broaden the ways we explore issues, build upon each other’s ideas and create a shared understanding of the chosen topic.