Ethnocentrism

ethnocentrism, the feeling that one's group has a mode of living, values, and patterns of adaptation that are superior to those of other groups. It is coupled with a generalized contempt for members of other groups. Ethnocentrism may manifest itself in attitudes of superiority or sometimes hostility. Violence, discrimination, proselytizing, and verbal aggressiveness are other means whereby ethnocentrism may be expressed.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Morality and Cultural Differences
John W. Cook.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Relativism and Ethnocentrism"
American Prejudice: With Liberty and Justice for Some
Richard H. Ropers; Dan J. Pence.
Insight Books, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Ethnocentrism and Prejudice" begins on p. 43
Post-Nationalist American Studies
John Carlos Rowe.
University of California Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Making Comparisons: First Contact, Ethnocentrism, and Cross-Cultural Communication" begins on p. 110
Postmodernism, Economics and Knowledge
Stephen Cullenberg; Jack Amariglio; David F. Ruccio.
Routledge, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Women's Choices and the Ethnocentrism/Relativism Dilemma"
Indoctrinability, Ideology, and Warfare: Evolutionary Perspectives
Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt; Frank Kemp Salter.
Berghahn Books, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Eighteen "Ethnocentrism vs. Pragmatism in the Conduct of Human Affairs"
Conceptualizing Religion: Immanent Anthropologists, Transcendent Natives, and Unbounded Categories
Benson Saler.
Berghahn Books, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Seven "Ethnocentrism and Distanciation"
Integrating Psychology and Spirituality?
Richard L. Gorsuch.
Praeger, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "The Dangers of Ethnocentrism" begins on p. 96
The Social Psychology of Prejudice
John Duckitt.
Praeger, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of ethnocentrism begins on p. 67
Intergroup Relations
Marilynn B. Brewer.
Open University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Two "Ethnocentrism and Ingroup Identity: The Need for 'We-ness'"
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