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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 previewUs Against Them (2010)

Ethnocentric Foundations of American Opinion by Donald R. Kinder, Cindy D. Kam

Ethnocentrism is a mental habit. It is a predisposition to...

Google previewSociology: The Essentials (2014)

by Margaret Andersen, Howard Taylor, Kim Logio

Ethnocentrism is the habit of seeing things only from the point of view of one's own group.

Google previewCommunication for Business and the Professions: Strategie s and Skills (2012)

by Judith Dwyer

Ethnocentrism is the belief that one's cultural norms are superior to those of other social groups. Cultural relativism ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

Definition Ethnocentrism is the tendency to view the world through the lens of one's own culture.

Ethnocentrism is a general phenomenon that occurs for individuals across most cultures and societies, although the extent to which it occurs ...

Google previewCross-Cultural Marketing (2008)

Theory, Practice and Relevance by Dawn Burton

Consumer ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism is a sociological concept that was developed over a century ago.

Google previewStrategy and Ethnocentrism (Routledge Revivals) (2014)

by Ken Booth, University E H Carr Professor of International Relations Ken Booth

Sumner in 1906: ethnocentrism is the View of things in which one's own group is the centre of everything, and all others are scaled and rated with reference to it';.5 This ...

Google previewNew Evangelization in the Third Millennium (1999)

by Gregorian & Biblical Press

Ethnocentrism is a perversion of ethnicity; it makes us look in on ourselves; it makes us forget that other people are...

Google previewBecoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (2007)

by James E. Waller

First, ethnocentrism refers to the tendency to focus on one's own group as the " right" one. Anthropologist W. G.

Ethnocentrism is the technical name for this view of things in which one's own group is the center of everything, and all others are scaled and rated with reference to it. . . . Each...

Google previewIntercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach (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 previewCreative Strategies for Conflict Management & Community Building (2009)

by Christian Ndubueze Anyanwu

Ethnocentrism is a sociological terminology first used by William Graham Summer.

Google previewCultural Competencies for Nurses (2011)

Impact on Health and Illness by Linda Dayer-Berenson

Therefore, ethnocentrism refers to judging other groups from our own cultural point of view.

Google previewDimensions of Multicultural Counseling: A Life Story Approach (2008)

A Life Story Approach by Sara E. Schwarzbaum, Anita Jones Thomas

Ethnocentrism is the belief that one ethnic or religious group is superior to others and implies a concomitant belief in the inferiority of other...

Google previewRace and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic (2014)

An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic by Charles A. Gallagher, Cameron D. Lippard

Ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism is the tendency to evaluate other groups by the standards and values of one's own.

Unlike racism, which is historically constructed, ethnocentrism is a universal belief and practice among people. Ethnocentric ...

Google previewUnderstanding Interpersonal Communication: Making Choices in Changing Times, Enhanced Edition (2010)

by Richard West, Lynn Turner

Ethnocentrism is the process of judging another culture using the standards of your own culture. Ethnocentrism is derived from two Greek words...

Ethnocentrism is a belief in the superiority of your own culture. Myron Lustig and Jolene Koester ...

Google previewComplexity in World Politics (2007)

Concepts and Methods of a New Paradigm by Neil E. Harrison

Ethnocentrism is a natural corollary of Realpolitik: power is used by the privileged to maintain themselves...

Google previewHigh Heels and Bound Feet (2014)

And Other Essays on Everyday Anthropology by Roberta Edwards Lenkeit

Ethnocentrism is an own-group-centered attitude. Being ethnocentric is making a value judgment about another culture,

Ethnocentrism is the cultural disease that we all share. It is socially transmitted. People rarely speak of it, and even your ...

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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Public Health. 2 Vol.

Cross-References ▷Ethnic Identity Ethnocentric Strategy ▷Ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism Synonyms Ethnocentric strategy Definition ...

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 Global Studies (2012)

by Helmut K. Anheier, Mark Juergensmeyer

Nonetheless, American ethnocentrism exists by providing support for the idea that a common set of “American” cultural practices is more American and, therefore, inherently superior when compared to the cultural practices of the recent ...

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 ...

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 ...

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