ethnocentric, adj.ethnocentrically, adv.ethnocentricity /eth'noh sen tris"i tee/, n.
/eth'noh sen"triz euhm/, n.
1. Sociol. the belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture.
2. a tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own.
[1905-10; ETHNO- + CENT(E)R + -ISM]

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Tendency to interpret or evaluate other cultures in terms of one's own.

Generally considered a human universal, it is evident in the widespread practice of labeling outsiders as "savages" or "barbarians" simply because their societies differ from those of the dominant culture. Early anthropologists often reflected this tendency, as did Sir John Lubbock, who characterized all nonliterate peoples as being without religion, and Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, who found them to have a "prelogical mentality" because their worldview was unlike that of western Europe. The opposite of ethnocentrism is cultural relativism, the understanding of cultural phenomena within the context in which they occur.

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Universalium. 2010.

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