2. What is ethnocentrism? In what ways can ethnocentrism be detrimental to a society?
The ethnocentric perspective, on a certain level, can lead to a positive group identity, which in turn enhances one?s affiliation with others within the same group, personal identity, confidence, self-esteem, understanding of self, [ and a psychological sense of well-being. It would be wrong, therefore, to automatically assume any form of ethnocentrism as having negative effects on the
The negative effects do clearly exist, although the highly excessive forms of ethnocentrism prevalent in the early twentieth century ? which is when William Graham Sumner coined the term ? are not equally relevant today in the twenty-first century. Having coined the term, Graham went on to state that an ethnocentric viewpoint of the world only leads to pride and vanity... ]
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