Hierarchical Systems: Patriarchy and Colonialism

  • Geraldine Moane


A key argument of this book is that hierarchy is a central feature of the social context, and that hierarchical systems have specific implications for psychological development. To understand fully the implications of hierarchical systems for psychological development, it is first necessary to consider the characteristics of hierarchical systems in greater detail. This chapter will outline the relationship between hierarchies and the dynamics of domination-subordination, and identify social patterns by which hierarchy is implemented and maintained through a historical analysis of patriarchy and colonialism. These patterns will then be documented as they are manifested or, more specifically, insititutionalized in modern Western society. Consideration of their implications for everyday life, or for the micro level, will lay the basis for analysis of the psychological patterns associated with hierarchy.


Sexual Harassment Sexual Exploitation Hierarchical System Irish Society Economic Exploitation 
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© Geraldine Moane 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geraldine Moane
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity College DublinIreland

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