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Dominator culture

Dominator culture is a term coined by futurist and writer, Riane Eisler. This term first appears in her book The Chalice & the Blade (Harper Collins San Francisco, 1987). This book outlines in detail her theory of hierarchical dominator cultures vs. egalitarian "Partnership" cultures.

Terence McKenna used the term for what he saw as a Western patriarchal culture that lacked social conscience or concern for the environment. McKenna borrowed freely from Eisler, and credited her in his notes and bibliographies of his books.

McKenna's detractors see the phrase as a shibboleth for wooly thinking associated with dark green political ideas.

See also: cultural imperialism

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