What is ethnocentrism and xenocentrism


Xenocentrism (engl. xenocentrism) is a political neologism, coined as an antithesis to ethnocentrism.[1] Xenocentrism is the predilection for the products, styles or ideas of a foreign culture. Both the 18th century primitivism movement in European art and philosophy and the concept of the noble savage are examples of xenocentrism.

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Origin and use of the term

Xenocentrism has recently been used in social philosophy to describe a particular ethical disposition. Ethnocentrism, as the term was coined by William Graham Sumner of Yale University, describes the natural tendencies of the individual to place a disproportionately high value on the values ​​and beliefs of their own culture compared to others. The term is traced back to Donald P. Kent and Robert G. Burnight, who are said to have coined it in 1951.[2]

As an extension of this concept, John D. Fullmer of Brigham Young University conceived xenocentrism as the result of attempts by individuals to correct their own ethnocentrism. He argued that when an individual responds to their own perceived ethnocentrism, they often overcompensate and instead begin to practice disproportionate attention to the ideas and needs of social groups that are far away.[3]


  • Allan G. Johnson: The Blackwell dictionary of sociology: a user's guide to sociological language (2 ed.), Wiley-Blackwell 2000, p. 351. ISBN 978-0-631-21681-0

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Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Marin C. Călin, Magdalena Dumitrana (editor; 2001) Values ​​and Education in Romania Today; Page 191 ff; On-line
  2. ^ Robert K. Merton (1979) The Sociology of Science: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations; University of Chicago Press, p. 108 ff; On-line
  3. ↑ Ranjana Subberwal (2009) Dictionary Of Sociology; Tata McGraw-Hill (New Delhi); ISBN 978-0-07-066031-1; On-line

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