patricentric


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centered upon the father

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In 1984 I wrote and talked about the inherited biases which derived from patriarchal scholarship and which had become transported into feminist research and scholarship; specifically, I critiqued the "patricentric syndrome" and the "either-or syndrome" (Christiansen-Ruffman, 1989) which remained even within the newly developing field of Women's Studies in Canada.
While we understood the impossibility of completely escaping patricentric knowledge and language, we saw our task as one of recognizing, naming and creating conceptually autonomous spaces for diverse women from around the world to come to alternative understandings and to act for effective change.
We wrote, explicitly, about creating feminist spaces in the university (Baker, Christiansen-Ruffman and Manicom, 1996) because the scholarship and the university remained, and remains, patricentric (see Christiansen-Ruffman, 1989).
societies and nature and explores the links between patricentric systems
Feminist solutions to women's exclusion from patricentric
As Abel says in her preface, "Freud, Klein, and the theorists who extend them are major figures in this book, but Woolf defines its center and shapes its plot." Abel constructs her story through a mix of traditional cultural history, which patiently traces influence through a range of contemporary sources, and an intertextual approach, which maps the "matricentric" and "patricentric" narratives through the kind of close reading which locates "at the level of the individual sentence Woolf's dense and complex play with genealogy".
Insofar as Abel refers to the "matricentric" and "patricentric" stories of psychoanalysis, anthropology, and fiction equally as "fictions," refusing to any of them the epistemological status of truth but acknowledging at the same time their effectivity and power, her genealogies are sympathetically aligned with Foucault's project.
Explanation of hierarchy requires a much more careful examination and a more graded development than one that elevates all female figurines to goddesses, ignores the implications of the fact that goddesses were paramount in patricentric and patriarchal societies, dismisses complex transitions in social structures and values with inexplicable invasions, and evokes myths that are more characteristic of Disneyland exhibitions than authentic folk traditions.