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Definition of ethnocentrism

What does ethnocentrism mean?


  1. belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
    • more generic words: partiality / partisanship = an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

Alternative definition


  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. The ethnocentric individual will judge other groups relative to his or her own particular ethnic group or culture, especially with concern to language, behavior, customs, and religion. These ethnic distinctions and subdivisions serve to define each ethnicity's unique cultural identity.

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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 previewWhither South East Asian Management? (2013)

The First Decade of the New Millennium by Chris Rowley, Malcolm Warner

Ethnocentrism is a universal phenomenon, exhibited by virtually all groups throughout the world which makes it...

Google previewGenerating Social Capital (2003)

Civil Society and Institutions in Comparative Perspective by Marc Hooghe, Dietlind Stolle

A third reason to study ethnocentrism is that this attitude is ;...

Google previewIntercultural Communication (2009)

A Contextual Approach by James William Neuliep

Ethnocentrism refers to the idea...

One of the effects of ethnocentrism is that it clouds our perception of others.

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 previewDimensions of Multicultural Counseling (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 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 previewThe Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (2011)

by Daniel J. Christie

PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESSES UNDERLYING ETHNOCENTRISM Current research indicates that one basic psychological process underlying ethnocentrism is the categorization of people into ingroup and outgroup. When people define ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Health. 2 Vol.

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

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Race and Ethnic Studies (2013)

by Ellis Cashmore

From the Greek ethnos, for people or nation, and kentrikos, relating to the center, ethnocentrism describes the tendency to understand the world only from the viewpoint ofone«sownunitof affiliation, and evaluating all others strictly in one«s ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (2009)

Prejudice and discrimination are intricately linked to ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism refers to the use of one's cultural, personal, and societal values to judge other cultures, people, and societies. Social scientists have found that nearly every ...

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

by W. Edward Craighead, Charles B. Nemeroff


Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012)

by James A. Banks

Ethnocentrism in education occurs when the curriculum, teaching methods, and educational strategies present the history and knowledge base of a nation from a monocultural Western European perspective that ignores the presence and/or ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Immigrant Health (2012)

by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Department of Anthropology, School of Natural and Social Sciences, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY, USA Without Abstract Ethnocentrism is a universal ideology that ascribes superiority to the familiar, such ;...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling, Third Edition (2013)

by Howard Rosenthal

Ethnocentrism a. uses one's own culture as a yardstick to measure all others. b. means race. c. isageneticterm. d. all of the above. Statements “superior race,” “savages,” “backward people,”or “the chosen few” capture the essence ofthe ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (1998)

by Colin Baker, Sylvia Prys Jones

Generally the extreme case (ethnocentrism) is rare, ethnic tolerance is more usual. The extremes win the glare of publicity; tolerance and civility are more regular but much less newsworthy. Ethnicity and Racism While ethnic identity celebrates ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Leisure and Outdoor Recreation (2013)

by John Jenkins, John Pigram

ETHNOCENTRISM them, especially if it requires passing through hostile or unknown territory. Although sociologists consider a person's eth- nicity to be ' ascribed' at birth and not subject to basic change, ethnic identity can evolve over  ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nationalism, Two-Volume Set (2000)

Ethnocentrism combines a positive attitude toward one's own ethnic/cultural group (the ingroup) with a negative attitude toward the other ethnic/ cultural groups (the outgroup). These interlinked attitudes are the result of two mechanisms: social ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Nationalism (2001)

by Athena S. Leoussi

Irving Louis Horowitz Ethnocentrism The tendency to evaluate matters by reference ...

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