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What is ethnocentrism?

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December 14, 2015 8:26PM

eth·no·cen·trism (ĕth'nō-sĕn'trĭz'əm)

n.

  1. Belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group.
  2. Overriding concern with race.

Ethnocentrism is the tendency to look at the world primarily from the perspective of one's own culture. It is defined as the viewpoint that "one's own group is the center of everything," against which all other groups are judged. Ethnocentrism often entails the belief that one's own race or ethnic group is the most important and/or that some or all aspects of its culture are superior to those of other groups.