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  1. Sep 2016
    1. ethnocentrism

      Ethnocentrism: "the belief and feeling that one's own culture is best." This can also stand in the way of an ethnographer and their work by creating a bias against the society's principles or beliefs.

  2. Jul 2016
    1. what is the English-speaking world missing out on by not reading the content written in other languages

      Though he’s been associated with a very strange idea he never had, Edward Sapir was quite explicit about this loss over a hundred years ago. Thinking specifically about a later passage warning people about the glossocide English language. But it’s been clear in his work from long before that excerpt that we’re missing out when we focus on a single language.

  3. Jun 2016
    1. or group to seclude themselves

      Group privacy is much more infrequently discussed than individual privacy. At least in Euro-American contexts. Quite likely a very important bias.

  4. Apr 2016
    1. ethnocentric

      It’s been obvious in my teaching that a lot of people confuse -centrisms with pride or condescension. Yet it’s possible to be selfcentred and ashamed, or eurocentric and guilt-stricken. My favourite approach to explaining these -centrisms comes from a textbook which defines tempocentrism thusly:

      Treating one's historical time period as "normal," or best, or as timeless; failing to conceive how the past or future might differ from the present.

      Despite the mention of “best”, the key idea is quite different from comparative judgment. It’s about a failure of the imagination.