Eurocentrism is the practice of interpreting history, culture, and experiences from a European American or Western viewpoint. Eurocentrism includes an implied belief, which may be overt or covert, in the preeminence of the European viewpoint or experience. This approach to history, culture, experiences, and education results in the marginalization of opposing viewpoints, negative attitudes toward them, and stereotyping of groups of people outside of Western culture. Eurocentrism diminishes the educational experience by focusing on the contributions of European people, which represent only a small segment of the total contributions made by people from all cultures. This entry provides an overview of Eurocentrism in the United States and a discussion of Eurocentrism as it impacts U.S. society.

Eurocentrism discounts the experiences of people of non-European descent, such ...

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