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Chronocentrism or chronocentricity (from the Greek chrono- meaning "time") has been defined as "the egotism that one's own generation is poised on the very cusp of history."[1] The term had been used earlier in a study about attitudes to ageing in the workplace. Chronocentricity ... 'only seeing the value of one's own age cohort'[2] ... described the tendency for younger managers to hold negative perceptions of the abilities or other work-related competencies of older employees. This type of discrimination is a form of ageism.


Another usage is related to ethnocentrism. That is, chronocentrism is perceiving and judging a culture's historical values in terms of contemporary standards.


  1. ^ Standage, Tom (2007). The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers. Walker & Company. p. 256. ISBN 0-8027-1604-0. 
  2. ^ Lyon, Phil; Pollard, D. (1 January 1997). "Perceptions of the older employee: is anything really changing?". Personnel Review 26 (4): 249. doi:10.1108/00483489710172051.