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Feyisayo Anjorin

Freelance Director, Afro-Carribean Media Group


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Is it possible for an individual to be without ethnocentrism?

Ethnocentrism involves using the ideas and beliefs of one particular culture to judge other cultures.
It is so similar to pride in the sense that we loath it in other people/cultures; but we are hardly conscious of it in our own culture.
Our beliefs and worldview is as a result of years of living in our community and seeing things done in a particular way; years of familiarity with the material culture, social structure, religion, history, philosophy and ideals.
We usually percieve our culture as the logical, reasonable and normal way to live; and we often wonder "How anyone could ever live like THAT?!"
It is usually the chief enemy of marriages. The husband has grown up in a different home environment, under different circumstances, and with a different experience. He would wonder why the wife is behaving in a certain manner that is contrary to his ways; and so does the wife.

Is ethnocentrism inevitable?


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  • Sep 6 2012: Ethnocentrism ts our point of reference based on our cultural heritage by which we view other cultures. And only through being self aware enough to allow for an understanding of different cultures can we become open to the possibility of global equality, equal rights,and justice for all tribes. Tribalism creates unity within a group, but disunity outside the group without a universal set of principles that reflect the rights of all men to live and thrive in dignity, and prosperity regardless of our differences


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