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1Ethnocentrism and Cultural RelativismCommunity College of Allegheny CountySociology 101Ethnocentrism is defined as the practice of the judgment and arbitration other’s cultures based on just the assumption. People think that their own life is better and judge the behavior of others. People are taught from their very early age to judge others based on the power and lead they have upon others as a whole. Ethnocentric practice is often seen in United States and had a negative impact on the people from different cultures (Kendall, p.61). There are people who are worried about how different other’s cultural practices and principles are and they can do nothing about that because that is what people believe in. A person is an ethnocentric if he thinks others beliefs is unethical and they are not aware that they judges others based on their cultures. A lack of other’s cultural beliefs and life experiences can bring prejudices and hatred to other group of people. However, positive ethnocentrism can be good for everyone because it brings pride and self-awareness among people. Ethnocentrism can make people not to think what is on the other part of the world and what are the life styles in the rest of the world. It can make people blind about the cultural diversity and can cause conflict, discrimination, and inequality among people.
Cultural relativism is the belief that the culture must be viewed by the culture’s own standards (Kendall, p.62). It is also the idea that lets us see the diverse behavior, actions, and beliefs of a person in significance of his or her cultural values. Every nation on earth has their