Definition of patriarchy and capitalism interact


Patriarchy is a type of social organization where a male heads the family and kinship, title, and descent are outlined through the line of male.

Capitalism interact

Capitalism interact is a type of economic system where ownership of the production means, investment in, exchange of wealth, and distribution is maintained and made chiefly by corporations or private individuals, especially as compared to state or cooperatively-owned wealth means.

The history of patriarchy

Patriarchy developed at a specific period in history when a number of processes involving cultural, historical, demographic, and ecological factors (developed as lifestyles) changed and new circumstances were adapted. During this period, people were mutually interactive. However, some of these lifestyle processes eventually resulted to male dominance. Male scribes, scholars, and historians have created a number of explanatory systems, belief systems, and heroes in various civilizations. This has made women to be left out and not recognized until fairly recently. Further, the culture of male-female partnership and equality was introduced. Historically, patriarchy used to be referred to the rule of autocratic by male who where the heads of their families. However, in modern times patriarchy is referred to social systems where power is among the adult men.

Relationship btw patriarchy & capitalism

The relation between capitalism and patriarchy is that of partnership. Although patriarchy and capitalism work together, some research say that they are not similar systems. In the 19th century, the family wage idea was accepted along with the separate spheres notion. This is one case where capitalism change or adjust to patriarchy. The capitalists are not happy about the better pay to males than before. Moreover, they reinforce the patriarchal (separate spheres) idea. The capitalists are contributing to gender class systems like racial class and racism systems to function as mechanisms of social control hence serving capitalism. On the other side, patriarchy sometimes will adjust to capitalism. For instance, patriarchy is not happy of giving more control to mothers over their children than before as it is in custody cases. Therefore, patriarchy and capitalism form a type of partnership thus; each will make concessions to wants of the other.

Effects of patriarchy on the distribution of income and wealth and poverty

A number of researches show that women have low or no share in income or earnings in the family. Patriarchy does not allow gender equality and this exclude woman from working outside home. For this reason, women are most vulnerable to poverty. Moreover, female become totally dependent on their men economically. Gender inequality also makes women to have more burden of household work and this makes them not to be productive. Patriarchy gives males the power to decide in their houses. This brings unequal opportunities and thus poverty gets in. Women were not allowed opportunities to higher education and this caused difficulty in labor markets. Patriarchy does not allow equal distribution of resources and this affects poverty alleviation.



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