Ethnocentrism in Its Many Guises

Southern Anthropological Society Proceedings, No. 46

  • Author(s): Snipes, Marjorie M., editor
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  • Imprint: Newfound Press
  • Publication Date: 2021-05-25
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Ethnocentrism in Its Many Guises gathers essays on a topic of urgent concern. Marjorie Snipes’s introduction chronicles the treatment of ethnocentrism within the discipline of anthropology. Christine Kovic decries the ethnocentrism codified in immigration law that has led to thousands of deaths at the US–Mexico border. Brandon Lundy’s and Kezia Darkwah’s ethnographic research among labor migrants in Cabo Verde demonstrates how communities undergoing immigration pressures react to outsiders in complex ways. Yeju Choi contends that Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission failed to heal the wounds inflicted by a century of cultural genocide because the process did not fully engage and respect the worldview of Aboriginal peoples. Using the example of Rapa Nui, Kathleen and Daniel Ingersoll note how we project and privilege our own values when we observe other cultures and historical periods. Ayla Samli argues that both the nutritionally deficient Standard American Diet and our federal supplemental nutrition programs are limited and ethnocentric. Michael Blum explains how the Wu-Tang Clan’s music can be understood as a site of resistance against American racism.

These papers were presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society (SAS) in Carrollton, Georgia.