Ethnocentrism In Sociology

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Numerous sociologists have contributed to research society and social interactions. In other words, society has been studied through how humans interact and shape their environment. There are many developed theories and different approaches for these findings, and sociologists have helped us understand the ways society functions. Amongst their many findings is that we construct reality through our interactions with others. This is also known as the social construction of reality, which is defined as different social behaviors, patterns and rules, influencing the human perception of reality. Social behaviors, like ethnocentrism and cultural relativism, plays a role in human behavior. Understanding, significance, and meaning are developed not…show more content…
When a conflict arises it would be handled differently because of the many generation gaps. Families consist of generations growing up either in the same or different setting or era. Generations only know their ways of living and are not accustomed to the changings of everyday life. Some may think that their own culture is superior to others and may not accept other cultural characteristics. This is also defined as ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism is the “right” way which our ancestors used and handed down from generation to generation whereas, cultural relativism challenges our ordinary belief and goes against the traditions. For example, the film Namesake, is about an American-born named Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants. He wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family 's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. Gogol’s parents had to soon automatically “assimilate” or convert from India’s culture to the national primary culture, the United States. People who are forced to assimilate tend to lose their own cultural pride and traditions. The mother was in a different culture and it took her some time to blend into the United States customs while still trying to preserve her own traditions. She and her husband made sure their kids learned their Indian traditions so it can be passed on for generations to come. Humans do this in order to make their families not forget where they come from. Wherever you go you will not get where you want to go if you first do not know where you are from. Therefore, Gogol is an example of cultural relativism whole his parents are seen as more ethnocentristic. We live in a diverse world with different habits and
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