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Along with “patriarchy” and “sexism,” androcentrism (lit. “centering on the man [anēr/andros]”) is one of the fundamental critical and heuristic categories of women's studies, feminist studies (Feminism and feminist theology), gender studies, outgrowths of so-called second-wave feminism since the end of the 1960s. Objectively, androcentrism means (a) a prejudice and perspective that understands maleness as the norm or measure of being human and femaleness as a departure from this norm, and (b) a corresponding s…

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Janowski, J. Christine, “Androcentrism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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