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Definition of the noun ethnocentrism

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noun - plural: ethnocentrisms

  1. belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
    • example: Monolingualism is like a disease as it leads to ethnocentrism and culture isolation. But this disease can be cured.
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: partiality / partisanship = an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

Alternative definition of the noun ethnocentrism


  1. The tendency to look at the world primarily from the perspective of one's own culture.


  1. "Ethnocentrism" is a book by Władysław Bartoszewski.
    • also known as "Ethnocentrism beliefs and stereotypes, a study of Polish-Jewish relations in the early 20th century"
  2. "Ethnocentrism" is a book by M. K. Du Toit.
    • also known as "Ethnocentrism: we are wonderful"


Ethnocentrism is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one's own culture. Ethnocentric individuals judge other groups relative to their own ethnic group or culture, especially with concern for language, behavior, customs, and religion. These ethnic distinctions and subdivisions serve to define each ethnicity's unique cultural identity. Ethnocentrism may be overt or subtle, and while it is considered a natural proclivity of human psychology, it has developed a generally negative connotation.

  • also known as 民族優越感

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Google previewIntercultural Communication (2014)

A Contextual Approach by James W. Neuliep

Whereas racism refers to the hierarchical ranking of one race above the others, ethnocentrism refers to the strong preference for...

Google previewThe Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender in Multicultural Counseling

Ethnocentrism is a major obstacle in the field of counseling and psychotherapy for two reasons. First, one of the world's leading centers of research and practice in the area of counseling and therapy is the United States. Second, the dominant ...

Google previewCross-Cultural Management (2008)

Essential Concepts by David C. Thomas

Ethnocentrism is an attitude that one's own cultural group is the center of everything, and all other groups are evaluated...

Although related to a narrow or provincial perspective often labeled parochialism, ethnocentrism is a universal tendency ...

Google previewCreate-Only Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America (2015)

by Bryan Strong, William Yarber, Barbara Sayad

Ethnocentrism is the belief that one's own culture or ethnic group is superior to others. Although child marriage is prohibited in our society, it is acceptable in many cultures throughout the world, including India.

Google previewOrganizational Behavior (2013)

by Mitchell J. Neubert, Bruno Dyck

Ethnocentrism is the assumption that members of one's own home country offer the best way to manage in a host country. Egalicentrism is the assumption that people from different cultures working together in a manner characterized by ...

Google previewPsychology (2002)

by Don H. Hockenbury, Sandra E. Hockenbury

This tendency to use your own culture as the standard for judging other cultures is called ethnocentrism (Triandis, 1994). Although it may be a natural tendency, ethnocentrism can lead to the inability to separate ourselves from our own cultural ...

Google previewReaching the World in Our Own Backyard (2010)

A Guide to Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths and Cultures by Rajendra Pillai

STAGE Form: EMBRACING ETHNOCENTRISM Ethnocentrism is the belief that one's own race is superior to all others. In varying degrees some form of ethnocentrism is ingrained in most cultures of the world. Some traditions reinforce it in the ...

Google previewSocial Marketing (2012)

by Michael T. Ewing

E THNOCEN TRISM Ethnocentrism is a sociological concept first introduced by Sumner (1906) that refers to a tendency to regard the beliefs, standards, and code of behaviour of one's own as superior to those Albert Caruana and Saviour C ...

Google previewUrban Family Medicine (2012)

by Richard B. Birrer

Ethnocentrism is the result of underemphasizing culture values and assuming similarities where they don't exist.

Google previewCulture and Dignity (2012)

Dialogues Between the Middle East and the West by Laura Nader

Ethnocentrism is a disease, one that breeds hubris no matter what its origin. A knowledge of the history of our whole world can help reduce its pernicious consequences. Such a world history enriches Western-centric stories and disrupts ...

Google previewThe Social Art (2006)

Language and Its Uses by Ronald K. S. Macaulay

Ethnocentrism is that state of mind in which the ways of one's own group seem natural and right for all human beings everywhere. Roger Brown and Eric Lenneberg, “A Study in Language and Cognition” ...

Google previewCosmos & Hearth (1996)

A Cosmopolite's Viewpoint by Yi-fu Tuan

THE UNITED STATES Ethnocentrism is a trait common to all societies. This does not mean, of course, that societies are equally ethnocentric, that they — to anything like equal degree — see themselves not only as the center of the world, ...

Google previewFundamentals of Nursing Test Success (2012)

An Unfolding Case Study Review by Ruth Wittmann-Price, PhD, CNS, RN, CNE

H Exercise 11-3: True/False Ethnocentrism is the consideration of other people's cultural values in health care. ❑ True ❑ False Alita asks the instructor how they would go about making The Answers section can be found on page 133.

Google previewInternational Business in the 21st Century (2011)

by Bruce David Keillor, Vijay R. Kannan

Ethnocentrism is the belief that domestic success translates to foreign markets.

Google previewPersonal Development for Life and Work (2010)

by Ann Masters, Harold R. Wallace

Ethnocentrism is an appropriate reaction to changes in society. c. Whites have always been and will probably always be the majority in 3. What is the difference between a bias and a. if you may be biased because of the person's age. Make an ...

Google previewThe Other Side of S.E.L.F. (2010)

by Dennis J. Burns

Ethnocentrism is the tendency to see the world from our cultural group's point of view. From this vantage point, our customs and values then become the standard by which the rest of the world is judged. Our cultural ways seem natural; those of ...

Google previewEssentials of Management (2011)

by Andrew DuBrin

19(Ethnocentrism is the belief that the ways of one's culture are the best ways of doing things.) Although the ...

Google previewThe Bass Handbook of Leadership (2009)

Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications by Bernard M. Bass, Ruth Bass

Ethnocentrism is the acceptance of one's ethnic group and the Authoritarianism, Power Orientation, Machiavellianism, and Leadership The Authoritarian Personality.

Google previewInterpersonal Communication (2013)

Building Connections Together by Teri Kwal Gamble, Michael W. Gamble

Ethnocentrism is the tendency to perceive what is right or wrong, good or bad, according to the categories and values of one's own culture A stereotype is a rigid perception that is applied to members of a group or to an individual over time ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology (2006)

by Yo Jackson

See also Ethnocentrism; Institutional Racism; Multicultural Counseling Competencies; White Privilege FURTHER READING...

Ethnocentrism is broadly defined as an interpretive framework based on the perception that one's own ethnic or ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (2017)

by Fathali M. Moghaddam

Ethnocentrism refers to a general predisposition that categorizes social life into in -groups and out-groups. It is a pervasive readiness to associate desirable qualities with in-groups. Ethnocentrism also involves a generalized hostility toward a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2008)

by Richard T. Schaefer

Ethnocentrism is a tendency to see one's own group as the center of the world and to rate all other groups according to the norms, values, and characteristics of the observer's group. William Sumner is often credited with the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Health. 2 Vol. (2008)

by Wilhelm Kirch

Cross-References ▷Ethnic Identity Ethnocentric Strategy ▷Ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism Synonyms Ethnocentric strategy Definition Ethnocentrism is a bias based on the assumption that one's own culture is superior to other cultures.

Google previewThe Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (2004)

by W. Edward Craighead, Charles B. Nemeroff

ETHNOCENTRISM 337 338 ETHNOCULTURAL PSYCHOTHERAPY. animal relation. Therapists use animals as adjuncts in individual therapy (animal- assisted therapy). Residential group settings also use caring for animals as a vehicle for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Problems (2008)

by Vincent N. Parrillo

Myers See also Cultural Values; Ethnic Group; Ethnocentrism; Subcultures Further Readings Goldstein, Eric L. 2006. The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Jacobson ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Benin (2012)

by Mathurin C. Houngnikpo, Samuel Decalo

Ethnocentrism and Regionalism Assemblée Nationale/National Assembly Association Nationale des Communes du Bénin/National Association of Benin Communes Assemblée Nationale Révolutionnaire/Revolutionary National Assembly ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2008)

by Frederick T. Leong

Ethnocentrism (v3); Pluralism (v3 ); ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography Terms, Themes, and Concepts (2011)

by Reuel R. Hanks

Distance Decay Economic Development, Geography of Electoral Regions Entrepoˆt Environmental Determinism Ethnocentrism Federation Folk Culture Foodways Friction of Distance Gentrification Geopolitics Gerrymandering Globalization ...

Google previewDictionary of Media and Communication Studies (2006)

by James Watson, Anne Hill

Topic guide REPRESENTATION Caricature; Chronology; Colonization; 'Coups and earthquakes' syndrome; Demotic turn; Deviance; Deviance amplification; Dominant, subordinate, radical; Ethnocentrism; Folk devils; Gender; Gender and ...

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