Ethnocentrism, Cultural Relativism and American Culture

Ethnocentrism, Cultural Relativism and American Culture

Ethnocentrism refers to the tendency of perceiving other cultures as strange or different, whereas cultural relativism appreciates the various aspects of culture. Furthermore, cultural relativism advocates for an understanding of a culture from within, also, cultural relativism recognizes the trends and connections of individual daily lives. On the other hand, ethnocentrism tends to judge a different culture based on their own beliefs and values. Ethnocentrism predisposes a society to unnecessary conflict and hinders progress in the sense that "outside" ideas are not accepted. The essay explores the American culture and the dynamics contained therein.

Many times it is not easy to discern the cultural aspects of people in dominant cultures because their values, traditions, understandings, and practices not keenly observed.Members in dominant culture do not perceive the need to study cultural difference.  The middle-class European Americans in the United States are not aware of their indigenous culture as they firmly believe that America is a melting pot of cultures. Furthermore, the misconception worsened by some terms such as the dom

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