Some myths about ethnocentrism

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Abstract

Ethnocentrism, it is said, involves believing certain things to be true: that one's culture is superior to others, more deserving of respect, or at the 'centre' of things. On the alternative view defended in this article, ethnocentrism is a type of bias, not a set of beliefs. If this is correct, it challenges conventional wisdom about the scope, danger, and avoidance of ethnocentrism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-224
Number of pages16
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Volume96
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Ethnocentrism
  • Bias
  • Cultural cognition
  • Cultural relativism
  • Moral psychology
  • Social epistemology

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