Reflection on ethnocentrism and cultural relativism


Ethnocentrism leads to prejudice and is the belief that one’s own race, nation, or culture is superior to all others. In contrast, examine how cultural relativism, (the judging of a culture by the standards of others) can affect society by influencing prejudice and discrimination.


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Post 200–250 words providing examples of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism in your immediate environment and your experiences, addressing the following:

  • How does ethnocentrism lead to prejudice and discrimination?
  • Provide an example from your personal life or your observation of the world around you.
  • Identify the aspects of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism in your example.
  • How can ethnocentrism be avoided to create a culturally sensitive environment?

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