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From anthrop- +‎ -archy. Coined by Erika Cudworth (2005, E. Cudworth, Developing Ecofeminist Theory: The Complexity of Difference).


anthroparchy (plural anthroparchies)

  1. A social system of attitudes, practices, and institutions through which the natural world is dominated to the benefit of humans.
    • 2010, Rafael Domingo, chapter I, in The New Global Law[1], page 119:
      I think, rather, that the anthroparchy's fully legitimate origin allows us to grant it the force and power necessary to fulfill its important mission.
    • 2010, Judith Burnett, Syd Jeffers, Graham Thomas (editors), New Social Connections: Sociology's Subjects and Objects, page 100,
      I suggest that five sub-systems, sets of institutions and processes network to form a social system of anthroparchy.
    • 2014, Matthew Cole, Kate Stewart, Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood, page 27,
      Cudworth's own approach to intersecting oppression is the development of a theory of anthroparchy: 'a social system, a complex and relatively stable set of hierarchical relationships in which “nature” is dominated through formations of social organization which privilege the human' (2011: 67).

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