is referred to as judging another culture exclusively by the moralsand standards in that one’s culture is viewed superior to anyother. As a practice, it consists of evaluating other people’sbeliefs hence has sometimes led to conflict and these have beenidentified as a feature of many cultures. For this reason, overcomingthis prejudice is essential in a world where people must unite toconquer over universal issues.
Can Be Avoided Wholly in Social Work?
Ethnocentricreasoning influences us to make wrong assumptions about other peoplehence leading us to make premature judgments. Overcomingethnocentrism is not easy, however the following simple habits orstrategies can help us avoid it in social work. First, avoidassumptions one should consider and respect other people’scustoms, beliefs and values.
Second,avoid judgments it is expected that we should not assume that whenindividuals from diverse cultures act contrary, they are makingmistakes. We ought to appreciate diversity.
Third,learning and understanding other people’s culture it is importantthat research about traditions and cultural norms from othercountries should be taken deeply and keenly. For example, Nazismevident in Germany where Adolf Hitler decided to hate the Jews andImperialism the practice of Europeans grabbing lands in Africa andNorth American in the colonial period (Ashford et al, 2012).
Conclusively,ethnocentrism is an influential force that weakens humanrelationships therefore, regardless of cultural differences, we areall human being. Additionally, many problems around the world couldbe avoided if everyone follows the basic habits illustrated abovesuch that people are treated the way someone would want to be treatedwithout generalization of customs and cultures.
Ashford,J. B., & LeCroy, C. W, (2012). Human Behavior in the SocialEnvironment: A Multidimensional Perspective. 5thEd. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Chapters 1 through 8.