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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 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 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 previewCreative Strategies for Conflict Management & Community Building (2009)

by Christian Ndubueze Anyanwu

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

Google previewMeeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership (2011)

Casting Light or Shadow by Craig E. Johnson

Ethnocentrism is the tendency to see the world from our cultural group's point of view. From this vantage point, our ...

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 previewCommunity Nutrition: Planning Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2012)

by Illinois State University Nweze Nnakwe, Nweze Nnakwe

Ethnocentrism is a way of looking at the world through a personal lens that has been influenced by personality, genetics,

Google previewThe Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender in Multicultural Counseling (2001)

by Donald B. Pope-Davis, Hardin L. K. Coleman

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

Google previewCross-Cultural Servanthood (2006)

Serving the World in Christlike Humility by Duane Elmer

Ethnocentrism is an unconscious hindrance in communicating acceptance.

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 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 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 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 previewHistorical Dictionary of Children's Literature (2010)

by Emer O'Sullivan

° ETHNOCENTRISM ETHNOCENTRISM. Ethnocentrism ( the ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Cultural Studies (2004)

by Chris Barker

Links Enlightenment, epistemology, ethnocentrism, postmodernism, poststructuralism, pragmatism, truth 72 Freire, Paulo (1921-1997) The Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire spent a lifetime developing and integrating a ...

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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