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.

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Ethnocentrism: Selected full-text books and articles

Morality and Cultural Differences By John W. Cook Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Chap. 8 "Relativism and Ethnocentrism"
Post-Nationalist American Studies By 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 By 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 By 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 By Benson Saler Berghahn Books, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. Seven "Ethnocentrism and Distanciation"
Integrating Psychology and Spirituality? By Richard L. Gorsuch Praeger, 2002
Librarian's tip: "The Dangers of Ethnocentrism" begins on p. 96
The Social Psychology of Prejudice By John Duckitt Praeger, 1994
Librarian's tip: Discussion of ethnocentrism begins on p. 67
Intergroup Relations By 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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