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androcentrism

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.

Androcentrism Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: androcentrisms
  • Androcentrism is the opposite of gynocentrism.
  • An (nounandrocentrist is (adjectiveandrocentric and views the world (adverb) androcentrically.

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Works Consulted

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

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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 August 24, 2019 (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 August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/androcentrism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“androcentrism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/androcentrism/>.