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Chapter 11. Monitoring Your Sociocentric... > Sociocentric Use of Language in Grou...

Sociocentric Use of Language in Groups

Sociocentric thinking is fostered by the way groups use language. Groups justify unjust acts and ways of thinking through their use of concepts or ideas. For example, as Sumner points out, sociocentrism can be exemplified by the very names groups choose for themselves and the way they differentiate themselves from what they consider lesser groups:

When Caribs were asked whence they came, they answered, “We alone are people.” The meaning of the name Kiowa is “real or principal people.” The Lapps call themselves “men.” Or “human beings.” The Greenland Eskimo think that Europeans have been sent to Greenland to learn virtue and good manners from the Greenlanders.… The Seri of Lower California… observe an attitude of suspicion and hostility to all outsiders, and strictly forbid marriage with outsiders. (p. 14)


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