Four Theories in Search of Ethnocentrism

in Us Against Them

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226435701
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226435725 | DOI:
Four Theories in Search of Ethnocentrism

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This chapter analyzes four theories that claim to speak to ethnocentrism. These theoretical perspectives include ethnocentrism as a consequence of realistic group conflict, as an outgrowth of the authoritarian personality, as an expression of social identity, and as an outcome of natural selection. The chapter analyzes the nature of ethnocentrism and discusses the explanation associated with William Graham Sumner, Daniel Levinson, Henri Tajfel, and Edward O. Wilson.

Keywords: ethnocentrism; group conflict; authoritarian personality; social identity; natural selection; William Graham Sumner; Daniel Levinson; Henri Tajfel; Edward O. Wilson

Chapter.  10203 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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