Definition of Androcentrism
(noun) The tendency to place the male or masculine viewpoint and experience at the center of a society or culture.
Examples of Androcentrism
- “Male” or “maleness” as an unmarked status.
- The notion that gender studies is about women.
- Using “man” as a synonym for all people.
- Using the informal collective term “guys” to refer to a mixed-sex group of friends.
- Plural: androcentrisms
- Androcentrism is the opposite of gynocentrism.
- An (noun) androcentrist is (adjective) androcentric and views the world (adverb) androcentrically.
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Cite the Definition of Androcentrism
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “androcentrism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/androcentrism/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
androcentrism. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/androcentrism/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “androcentrism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/androcentrism/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“androcentrism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 29 May. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/androcentrism/>.