SOCS 350N Week 1 Discussion Question 1 & 2 → Spring 2017

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You eat what? Ethnocentrism

Ethnocentrism is generally defned as viewing one's own culture as superior to all others. However, quite oFten, it is not quite that obvious. Whenever we encounter something that seems strange or di±erent, we will Feel some degree oF discomFort. How we respond to that Feeling is a gauge oF how ethnocentric we are about it. Let's suppose that you are entertaining a business client From ²rance. You take him to a very fne restaurant where he looks over the menu very careFully, then asks the waiter iF he or she, by chance, has cheval available. The waiter shakes his head and explains that it is not served in American restaurants. Your client becomes somewhat upset and tells you that a truly fne restaurant would serve "proper" cuisine, and that he was very disappointed with American hospitality so Far. He eventually settles For the prime rib, but is ill-tempered For the rest oF the evening. The next morning, he leaves For ²rance without consummating the expected business deal. Your boss asks you what happened, and you explain that the client was upset because the restaurant didn't serve something called cheval


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Your company is in need of someone to Fll a new position. The spot calls for some very speciFc skills, education, and experience, but you happen to have an old friend who exactly Fts the bill. In addition, he has mentioned to you that he feels it is time to make a change and has been contemplating looking for a new job. You give him a call and he says that he is very interested, so you call the head of the department in question and tell him about your friend. The department head is very excited and tells you to have him call for an interview. You do and everything seems Fne. Several weeks pass and your friend calls you and asks if you have any idea what happened with the job. He interviewed and everything went well, but he never heard back and just learned that the position had been Flled with someone who has no experience and a much di±erent background. You call the department head and relay the question. After some hemming and hawing, the department head makes some vague statement about your friend not being a "good Ft." He was afraid that your friend's "accent" might


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