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Psy 1019 Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativity It is always troublesome not to understand another culture especially in New York City where we live in a society that is rapidly changing The City has increasingly brought people of various cultures to interact closer with each other This interaction can be either positive or negative depending on the level of sensitivity and respect people have for other culture groups These two types of behaviors are related to two important concepts known as ethnocentrism and cultural relativity Ethnocentrism is the attitude of prejudice or mistrust towards outsiders that may exist within a group in-group in relation to other out-group Harper-Collin Dictionary of Sociology Importantly there are also three levels of ethnocentrism a positive one a negative one and an extreme negative one The positive definition defines ethnocentrism as the point of view that ones own way of life is to be preferred to all others Herskovits 1973 21 There is nothing wrong with such feelings because it characterizes the way most individuals feel about their own cultures whether or not they verbalize their feelings Herskovits 197321 It is this point of view that gives people their sense of people-hood group identity and place in history Ethnocentrism becomes negative when ones own group becomes the center of everything and all other are scaled and rated with reference to itHerskovits 197321 It reaches extreme negative form when a more powerful group not only imposes its rule on another but actively depreciates the things they hold to be of value Herskovits 1973103 This third level of ethnocentrism is found in examples of racial segregation the holocaust and genocide of a race of people Cultural relativism asserts that concepts are socially constructed and vary cross-culturally These concepts may include such fundamental notions as what is considered true morally correct and what constitutes knowledge or even reality itself Harper Collin Dictionary of Sociology The concept of culture like any other
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