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Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism

Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism

Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will describe ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, and cultural universals.

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Notes on "Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism"

Source: Intro Music by Mark Hannan; Public Domain Images from; Public Domain

Terms to Know
Cultural Relativism

The view that a culture needs to be understood on its own terms, from within, and judged by its own standards, rather than by those of an outside observer.

Cultural Universals

Cultural patterns that are found in all human societies.


The attitude that our own culture is superior to others and that our values, beliefs, and behaviors are "more correct."