Patriarchy In African Society

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Patriarchy is rooted in gender difference. Lerner (1986) relates gender issues to social construct and cultural behaviour as opposed to biological sexes in a given society. The author described gender as representation socio-cultural roles and is a cultural product which changes over time. Patriarchy might be a diminishing believes, but since it’s a deeply entrenched traditional norms, it will be a difficult challenge to eliminate globally (Warren, 2004; Roberts, 1983).
Inhumanity and social studies patriarchy have been categorise at two levels, namely at gender level and latent levels. Within gender, level perspective, it manifest in different ways as an acceptable, but differing gender roles for men and women. Gender level is more visible in African countries where patriarchy practise is deeply entrenched to the level that most citizens believe it to be the only way to live. In this society a deviation from any of these practises whether anyone from either male or female deviate from acceptable gender roles they are shunned. The second level, the latent is based on values and beliefs of the society (Marzui, 1993). This is the most difficult form of patriarchy to overcome due to how difficult to convince people that what they value and believe is an injustice.
In history man in patriarchal society a man exercised autocratic authority as the ruler of his family and extended families. In this system a senior male was an autonomous ruler as evidence of patriarchy.
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