The Inevitability and Destruction of Ethnocentrism The concept of ethnocentrism is something that often gets a great deal of attention when conflicts between peoples arise. Throughout human history this problem has reared its head again and again and there has been no way to bring an end to it. This fact begs the question, is there a way to end it or is it just an inevitable part of human behavior? My argument is that it is a part of human behavior that cannot be done away with, regardless of how much people may want to. Ethnocentrism is ingrained in people from birth and exists on much smaller scales that then get broadened into larger conflicts among groups. Whether it is acceptable depends on one’s definition of that term. Acceptable...The end:
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