Ethnocentrism Essays

  • Ethnocentrism

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    Are we limited in knowledge, in imagination, and in understanding by the culture we grow up in? In other words, are we ethnocentric, and if so is it a bad thing? To answer that, one must understand what ethnocentrism is. According to Macionis (2004), ethnocentrism is “the practice of judging another culture by the standards of one’s own culture”. We are not born with culture; culture is a socially learned behavior, or set of values that a given groups holds as a norm and are considered to be true

  • Ethnocentrism

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    Webster’s dictionary defines ethnocentrism as “The tendency to evaluate other groups according to the values and standards of one's own ethnic group, especially with the conviction that one's own ethnic group is superior to the other groups.” When first reading this definition, one would naturally agree that ethnocentrism does exist in our world and society, often confusing it with patriotism. However, many do not realize that ethnocentrism is, has been, and continues to be a leading cause for violence

  • Ethnocentrism is Everywhere

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    Ethnocentrism is Everywhere Ethnocentrism is a commonly used word in circles where ethnicity, inter-ethnic relations, and similar social issues are of concern. The usual definition of the term is thinking one's own group's ways are superior to others or judging other groups as inferior to one's own. Ethnic refers to cultural heritage, and centrism refers to the central starting point. So ethnocentrism basically refers to judging other groups from our own cultural point of view. Even this

  • Do Americans Really Eat Dog Ethnocentrism

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    Ethnocentrism, specifically defined as, “The attitude that other societies’ customs and idea can be judged in the context of one’s own culture” (Ember 22), promotes the practice of comparing certain elements of different culture to the same standards of one’s own. To put it simply, this means that individuals tend to view specific behaviors or practices common in a different culture through the lens of the culture they follow, therefore finding them to be bizarre or unacceptable. Consequently, ethnocentrism

  • Female Circumcision As An Example Of Ethnocentrism In Western Culture

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    other cultures. This belief system is called ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism originates from the Greek words “ethnos” meaning “people” and “Centrism” meaning “center” (“What Does Ethnocentrism Mean?”). This means that one’s ideas and values are centered on the superiority of their own group. Having an ethnocentric attitude changes how we view other cultures and limits our capability to be culturally relative to others not a part of our own. Ethnocentrism by definition is the “evaluation of other cultures

  • The Story Of Laura Bohannon And The Tiv Community

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    that interest anthropologist and it’s what makes them want to learn about society. Laura Bohannon is an anthropologist who went to visit the Tiv tribe in West Africa. While staying there she had to learn to overcome the changes in culture and ethnocentrism. While doing so she learned the idea of human nature. While going to visit the Tiv tribe Bohannon decides to tell the story of Hamlet to them because they are big story tellers, and it is a popular story in the western world. She begins to tell

  • Analysis Of The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down

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    struggle with the system. In America, it isn’t uncommon to be judged for your clothing, your house, or the amount of money your family makes, so it is easy to believe that the Hmong people were not easily accepted into American society. As a whole, ethnocentrism, or the tendency to believe that one's culture is superior to another, is one of America's weaknesses and this account proves ethnocentric behavior was prominent even in the 1970-80's when Fadiman was in the process of doing her fieldwork in post-Vietnam

  • Prejudice

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    what can prejudice lead to? How prejudice forms? And are there any methods that we can use to reduce prejudices? When it comes to prejudice, we may first think about discrimination and ethnocentrism, which are the negative effects of prejudice. Prejudices can result in discrimination and it may result from ethnocentrism. Besides, prejudice and bias result from subjects we do not know. And we can reduce prejudices. Prejudice may turn into discrimination. For the winter break, I went to Boston to visit

  • Cultural Criticism In The Film Kypseli

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    For instance, the film displayed qualities of ethnocentrism, both Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman are not anthropologists, and the film was made in a Western gaze, which means, the intended audience would be the American society, rather than students and scholars. That is to say, during the film, the camera

  • Anthropology and Social Work

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    evaluate other cultures in reference to one's own presumably superior culture"2) is the biggest stumbling block to understanding other cultures and recognizing their own inherent value. The aim of the good ethnographer is to take off the glasses of ethnocentrism as often as possible and learn from other people what their world is like. In order to ... ... middle of paper ... ...1989). Yuqui: Forest nomads in a changing world. Orlando: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Public Broadcasting Service (Producer)

  • Deculturalization

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    Culture is the medium through which people communicate their beliefs, values, and morals. Inserting one's own culture in place of someone's pre-existing culture is the basis of ethnocentrism. People have repeatedly become victims of deculturalization, especially in the United States, and by analyzing this ethnocentrism one learns the importance of sustaining different cultures in society. There are many methods of deculturalization, such as segregation, isolation, and forced change of language.

  • Napoleon in Egypt

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    not a European provides an alternative viewpoint to the events that happened in Egypt as opposed to the accounts that have been read and taught by Europeans. Although the article is a different perspective it does show strong cultural bias and ethnocentrism towards the French people from the eyes of the Egyptians. The article shows bias in the tone it is written, the unkindness used to mock the French and the incomplete tales of the battles that took place. The writings of Al-Jabarti show significance

  • Gung Ho Analysis

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    Gung Ho is the story of a Japanese organization ( Assan Motors) that goes into a small American town , Hadleyville to revive an auto plant . Stevenson was inspired to Assan Hadleyville and offered a position " contact workers " in the joint venture . He soon discovers that the Japanese and Americans have very different styles of work of an organization located in a large measure on the contrasts of social skills . Hunt and Kazihiro , executive director of the plant, begin a friendship. Unfortunately

  • Code Of Hummurabi

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    and works pf literature that we have left from earlier civilizations can be interpreted in several different ways, or misinterpreted to a certain extend or entirely. Usually interpretation or even misinterpretation is affected bu the concept of ethnocentrism, where different communities have an already set up establishment of certain norms based on their own believes, traditions, social, legislative, and personal values and ethics from which they judge other foreign communities. When considering other

  • Problems In Intercultural Communication

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    has its distinct aspects, intercultural communication can be the cause of conflict and disorder. There are three main issues which are at the root of the problem of intercultural miscommunication : language as a barrier, cultural diversity and ethnocentrism. I will analyze these three notions in situations in which intercultural communication is frequent such as : the workplace, the classroom and vacation trips. The way people communicate varies widely between, and even within, cultures. One aspect

  • Effects Of Postmodernism In Relation To Communication And Society

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    abstractly or figuratively to describe imposing a certain view or interpretation of something, but it is derived from examining the political and social domination that has been exercised over smaller nations and minorities by Imperialism and ethnocentrism. Postmodernism tends to encourage placing value on the unassimilated other- on accepting and respecting differences and not oppressing the other. The postmodern celebration of difference can be seen in the experimental nature of postmodern art

  • Stereotypes And Prejudice Essay

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    culture. Stereotypes are common in every society, and often unaware they guide our behavior. However, stereotypical views can lead to prejudice, and turn to discrimination or stigmatization. Although “ethnocentrism is a major component in the social glue holding a culture together” ( Ethnocentrism, 2016), ethnocentric people generally distinguish the people on us and them. Guided by stereotypes and prejudices, they make generalizations and build their attitude towards differences. I never thought

  • Ethnocentrism

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    Ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism is the name given to a tendency to interpret or evaluate other cultures in terms of one's own. This tendency has been, perhaps, more prevalent in modern nations than among preliterate tribes. The citizens of a large nation, especially in the past, have been less likely to observe people in another nation or culture than have been members of small tribes who are well acquainted with the ways of their culturally diverse neighbours. Thus, the American tourist could report

  • Case Study Of International Human Resource Management

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    INTRODUCTION In an increasingly globalized world economy, the aggravation of global competition, the most important factor of national competitiveness are highly qualified and motivated employees (Storey 2007). Gubman (1996) pointed out the three challenges for the organizations that will never change: first, the major mission of human resources is to gain, develop, retain talent; second, adjust the workforces with the business; lastly, a superlative contributor to the business. Moreover, human

  • Language Games, Writing Games - Wittgenstein and Derrida: A Comparative Study

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    discourses. The annonced silence (Stille) of the Tractatus transfigures itself through textual dispersions into the styles (Stile) of the late Wittgenstein. By Derrida we can discover this paradigm change in his critique of philosophical "logo-phono-ethnocentrism" and even more in his way of writing, wich through its disseminating force overpasses the bar between philosophy and literature. Alluding to the historical perspectives of these relationships Rorty remarked (Rorty 1984, 5) that as Derrida treats