Patriarchy as a heritage?

Siegfried Gruber (University of Graz)
Karl Kaser
Carolin Leutloff-Grandits
Gender and sexuality, media and the visual arts
Start time:
23 June, 2015 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Inequalities between men and women and between older and younger generations are obviously an effect of a more distant past and patriarchal behaviour is a life style which is based on gender and generational inequality. Can we link historical patriarchal features to contemporary behaviour?

Long abstract:

During the last years there has been an increasing interest in the analysis of inequalities between and within societies. One major aspect in such research concerns the inequalities between men and women in terms of income, education, life expectancy, familial life, participation in political life and the work force. Another inequality concerns power relations between the older and the younger generation. Generally the trend during the last decades was towards increasing equality between both sexes, but scholars have also pointed to "patriarchal backlashes" e.g. after the collapse of Communist regimes. Research also shows that differences between major regions of the world exist and that these differences are obviously not an effect of the immediate past, but rooted in a more distant past. Patriarchal behaviour is one kind of life style which is based on gender and generational inequality. Balkan patriarchy attracted quite some interest of researchers because of its assumed historical depth and strength - the Balkan area was seen as the most patriarchal within Europe. This panel invites therefore papers which analyse historical patriarchy apart from a simple dichotomous model (East-West, traditional-modern) and papers which focus on modern features of patriarchal behaviour. Especially invited are papers which link historical patriarchal features to contemporary behaviour, either as historical heritage or as opposing trends.