In sociology I learned many things including not judging something from what I have heard or see, that everyone is equal, and that you can be who ever it is you choose to be. There are many key concepts that I have learned in this class that I will be able to take with me through out my life and make myself a better person in turn. This class has taught me to look at all possibilities, to think deeper into different situations, and to always keep an open mind. From this class I feel that I was able to take many different things and put it into my every day life. I have found that many of the things we have learned about I was guilty of doing and it has definitely changed my opinion on many different parts of life. Many different concepts that we were taught in the class are extremely useful in life, it is important to keep an open mind in what ever it is you do and after my experience in this class I know that now.
The definition of Ethnocentrism is the ” view of things in which one’s own group is center of everything, and all others are scaled and rated with reference to it” This was said by W.G. Summers. When thinking of what I have learned, Ethnocentrism being one that I have personally learned from. This term means that you have a sense of “superiority, invincibility, and infallibility” but all of these are false because in many cases what you are thinking either where you live or what you have is better is actually not the case.
It has been said that to some degree we are all ethnocentric, whether it be with your culture or even religion. Instead of judging, however, it is important to keep an open mind and really see if what you think is better truly is. Our study guide says it really well when it reads that we should “not judge,but analyze” because when you judge you are not able to have a fair opinion. We learned that we are able to have pride in our country and be proud of that because we all should be proud to live where we do, but what is not okay is to believe that ones own country is superior to another. In reality all countries have positives and negatives that are different from each other and to fairly say one is better is nearly impossible.
I feel that I have greatly benefited from this term and what it means, I am from Canada and I always believe that we were one of the best counties but because of our over all learning in Sociology I learned about countries like Ghana who have many valuable resources like the coco bean and how they are a profitable country and not poor like I and many other people believe about African countries. Overall, this class has been very beneficial I learned many key terms that I think has led me to become a person that thinks before I react, and to contemplate the future of the choices that I choose to make.