Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-18, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2018.


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core definition

Androcentrism discounts and ignores the separate social experiences and social situation of women and views culture and social relationships exclusively through male eyes.

explanatory context


analytical review

Daniel Pérez Marina (2009) wrote:

Sandra Lipsitz tells us that the concept of androcentrism was first articulated in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Man-Made World or Our Androcentric Culture from 1911. There Gilman exposes some of the structural elements of this concept. For example, in an androcentric culture men are considered the human type, while women are solely an accompaniment and subordinate assistant. In an androcentric culture the only area of human life where women play the main part and are considered essential is that of reproduction. Androcentrism is a key concept in feminism. Even if the term is not always present in the literature, the reality it depicts is seen as one of the fundamental constituents of sexism.

associated issues


related areas


Pérez Marina, D., 2009, Anthropocentrism and Androcentrism: An ecofeminist connection, Sodetorn University, available at, accessed5 June 3017.

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