Social dominance theory SDT is a theory of intergroup relations that focuses on the maintenance and stability of group-based social hierarchies. The theory proposes that widely shared cultural ideologies i. Social dominance theory was first formulated in by psychology professors and researchers, Jim Sidanius and Felicia Pratto. These hierarchies have a trimorphic 3-form structure. This means that these hierarchies are based on 1 age i.
Dominator culture refers to a model of society where fear and force maintain rigid understandings of power and superiority within a hierarchical structure. In dominator culture, men rule over women, whereas partnership culture values men and women equally. Other theorists, including Terence McKenna and bell hooks , have expanded on the implications and impact of dominator culture. Regardless of the location, time period, religious beliefs, or advancements in technology, a society might follow the dominator culture model. Eisler characterizes dominator culture as featuring four core elements:.