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 C - Chauvinism


Chauvinism: The self-love of groups; that part of the group's ideology that tell the group's members that the group is great, the group's leaders are best, the group's members better than non-members; the group's territory the finest a.s.o.

Every group has some chauvinism, just as every person has some self-love. Not all of it is bad (indeed, a person without self-respect is a poor sort of person), but it easily gets bad if - as usual - it is not based on facts but on wishful thinking.


See also: Conformism, Groups, Them, Us


Goffman, Milgram

 Original: May 31, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top