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We all learn the ways of our own group are good, right and even superior to other ways of life. We use this knowledge as a yard stick for judging the ways of other individuals or societies, generally leading to a negative evaluation of their values, norms or behaviors, this is called ethnocentrism (Henslin 37).
As William Sumner (1906), who developed this concept, stated,” One's own group is the center of everything, and all others are scaled and rated with reference to it.”
It is just as arbitrary to stand in line as to push and shove, but in American culture we believe it is wrong to shove and push to get ahead of others, Black Friday sales excluded.
In one culture, it may be acceptable to have flies on food and eat food that fell on the floor, where it other cultures, that would be unheard of and looked at with disdain. Food handlers in New York,are required to take safe-serve classes and are held to rigorous standards, to include displaying their *food hygiene grade in the window.
Another example can be found in how we observe personal space, each culture has their own acceptable distances for strangers,friends and intimate partners. Whereas in one culture it may be acceptable to enter the intimate space of a stranger, our culture would not tolerate it.
In Henslin's situation where he described that the gentleman behind him, body pressed against his decided to take a nap, I can only imagine in another culture, that situation would result in a trip to the emergency room, psychiatric ward for observation or at the very least a very stern talk from the local police.
To negate ethnocentrism we try to understand a culture on its own terms without judging those elements as superior or inferior to our own way of life. This practic...

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...tary. In my case it was easy to accept her sexual preference despite what I believed was the norm, it didn't make her a different person and I would always love her.
Having been on both sides of the argument I can understand why some cultures oppose homosexuality, it goes against all that we are taught, its is not the norm and therefor inferior to heterosexuality.
It is the love child of an enigma and a parody and it is human nature to fear what you do not understand.
But ultimately no one should be told who to love and who not to love, that is a personal choice and it is wrong to assume otherwise.

*The food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority

Works Cited

Henslin, J.M. (2010). Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 10th. Pearson A & B.

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