13 Facts About Eurocentrism


Eurocentrism is a worldview that is centered on Western civilization or a biased view that favors it over non-Western civilizations.

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Eurocentrism established links with Asian thinkers, such as through his dialogues with Daisaku Ikeda of Soka Gakkai International.

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Explicit concept of Eurocentrism is a product of the period of decolonisation in the 1960s to 1970s.

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Eurocentrism has been a particularly important concept in development studies.

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Brohman argued that Eurocentrism "perpetuated intellectual dependence on a restricted group of prestigious Western academic institutions that determine the subject matter and methods of research".

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Eurocentrism believed that most scholars were the disciples of the social sciences and history guided by Eurocentrism.

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Eurocentrism criticised some Western scholars for their ideas that non-Western areas lack outstanding contributions in history, economy, ideology, politics and culture compared with the West.

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Eurocentrism believed that although western capitalism shrouded the world and achieved a political unity based on its economy, the Western countries cannot "westernize" other countries.

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Toynbee concluded that Eurocentrism is characteristic of three misconceptions manifested by self-centerment, the fixed development of Oriental countries and linear progress.

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James M Blaut argued that Eurocentrism indeed went beyond other ethnocentrisms, as the scale of European colonial expansion was historically unprecedented and resulted in the formation of a "colonizer's model of the world".

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Terms Afrocentrism vs Eurocentrism have come to play a role in the 2000s to 2010s in the context of the academic discourse on race in the United States and critical whiteness studies, aiming to expose white supremacism and white privilege.

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Eurocentrism's reach has not only affected the perception of the cultures and civilisations of the Islamic world, but the aspects and ideas of Orientalism, a cultural idea that distinguished the "Orient" of the East from the "Occidental" Western societies of Europe and North America, and which was originally created so that the social and cultural milestones of the Islamic and Oriental world would be recognised.

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The people who carried out the study noted that Eurocentrism is deeply rooted in different cultures, including Latin cultures.

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