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Ethnocentrism -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Wagner, Geraldine;

2009 / EBSCO


This article identifies the basis of ethnocentrism. It defines ethnocentrism, locates it within two of the major sociological perspectives, and provides numerous forms and examples of ethnocentrism. The article goes on to address several questions: Why are people ethnocentric? How does ethnocentric thinking leading to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination? Is there anything positive about ethnocentrism? And finally, what are the possible solutions, such as establishing a global culture and tolerance of other cultures, to problems caused by ethnocentrism? Ethnocentrism and its relationship to cultural relativism, multiculturalism, racism and tolerance of one culture toward another are also discussed.