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Eurocentrism

  • By: Clifford Pereira
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Usage of the terms Eurocentrism, Eurocentrist, Eurocentric, and Eurosceptic within the social sciences and geography has increased since the 1990s, within the West and in areas of the world that were formally part of the overseas colonial empires of European powers. This entry reviews the definitions, origins, history, and geographical implications of Eurocentrism and its subdivisions. It then describes the counter-Eurocentrism movement.

Definitions of Eurocentrism

There are three interrelated definitions of Eurocentrism. However, it is the third and last definition that reflects by far the most common usage of the term.

Definition 1. In Britain, a Eurocentric or Eurocentrist is a person who supports European integration or the concept or workings of the European Union. The opposite of a Eurocentric is a Eurosceptic.

Definition 2. The term Eurocentrism is ...

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