Definition of gatekeeping in US English:

gatekeeping

noun

  • 1The activity of controlling, and usually limiting, general access to something.

    ‘Wal-Mart's cultural gatekeeping has served to narrow the mainstream for entertainment offerings’
    • ‘In the information age of the future, the notion of gatekeeping - weeding out irrelevant information in favor of pertinent information - will become ever more important in newspaper editing.’
    • ‘There were issues of gatekeeping that sometimes extend to personnel within the schools targeted for study.’
    • ‘Once under control, once an editor has defined his own goals for the journal, enthusiastic gatekeeping is a valuable trait that helps further refine the direction of the field.’
    • ‘This does not address matters of gatekeeping (resource allocation), which probably should be dealt with away from the consultation.’
    • ‘Primary care gatekeeping is less controversial in Britain than in America.’
    • ‘Although physicians are gatekeepers to almost all medical resources, their role in managing referral to specialists has been the most controversial aspect of gatekeeping.’
    • ‘Basic concepts such as news values and gatekeeping are referred to only tangentially.’
    • ‘Resisting such gatekeeping may sometimes mean disrupting the cloak of collegiality that veils our everyday practices.’
    • ‘That voice of reason has a lot of bile in it, and it is the voice associated with gatekeeping.’
    • ‘His days and the days of his unconstitutional gatekeeping are numbered, and he will soon pass into history like the ideological dinosaur he is.’
    • ‘Additional recruitment strategies in the present study, however, addressed the potential issue of maternal gatekeeping.’
    • ‘This explanation implies a process of maternal gatekeeping.’
    • ‘And that's where the old rules of gatekeeping apply.’
    • ‘Up to now primary care has had little if any gatekeeping role, and it is generally accepted that up to 80% of attendances could be dealt with in primary care.’
    • ‘Over the past decades, research into gatekeeping has produced a wide body of literature that examined different aspects of this news selection mechanism.’
    • ‘If doctors are to have a role in gatekeeping or advising patients about complementary and alternative medicine they need some familiarisation with this type of medicine.’
    • ‘The company's cultural gatekeeping offends many people who see it as insulting and threatening to their choice of available entertainment.’
    • ‘It was all about gatekeeping not philosophy.’
    • ‘In a society with high demands gatekeeping requires basic skills in clinical diagnosis.’
    • ‘He provides a good review of theories of the press, such as gatekeeping, social responsibility and agenda-setting.’
  • 2Computing
    A function or system that controls access or operations to files, computers, networks, or the like.

    as modifier ‘a gatekeeping mechanism that allows reads under some circumstances and blocks them under others’

Pronunciation

gatekeeping

/ˈɡātˌkēpiNG/