Ethnocentrism and Prejudice: History of the Concepts

Boris Bizumic*

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    Ethnocentrism and prejudice are two distinct, though closely related, concepts. Since the early twentieth century, social scientists have tended to see them as fundamental social scientific concepts. This article presents a brief history of how social scientists conceptualized ethnocentrism and prejudice, and discusses their study with a focus on four prominent explanations that guided empirical research: (1) evolutionary, (2) threat and conflict, (3) self-aggrandizement, and (4) socialization and normative.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
    ISBN (Print)9780080970868
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015


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