Ethnic Studies 4.3.4

Xenophobia Research & Notes

Assignment Instructions:
Find out more about ethnocentrism and xenophobia.  Then look for examples of ethnocentrism and xenophobia from past and present events.Online Newspapers and magazines are good sources for current examples. 
****You must utilize a minimum of 4 sources. Only 1 source can be an encyclopedia (like wikipedia).

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Just a few sites to check out. You may use ONE of these and three others of your own.

Urban Dictionary-Xenophobia  (
Ethnocentrism in Africa ( 
Political Cartoons about xenophobia (

To complete research, ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS using information from your sources, submit your notes AND an annotated bibliography.  You can only earn full credit if you include a completed annotated bibliography. 

Research Questions:

Define ethnocentrism and xenophobia.  How are they different and/or similar?
From your research, give a brief (1 paragraph) summary of an example of ethnocentrism AND give a brief (1 paragraph) summary of an example of xenophobia.
Is the traditional distrust or fear of immigrants or foreigners (xenophobia) found today? Where and in what form?  (list places, cultures, and examples in your notes)
What examples can you cite to support your answer? ( Consider the controversy regarding France’s ban on Islamic headscarves that eventually was repealed, large crucifixes and all yarmulkes in her public schools, Feb. 2004).
Explain why and how these kinds of conflicts continue to exist.
Are there some possible solutions to this persistent problem? If so, what are they?
What can individuals like yourself do to help alleviate the problems of xenophobia and/or ethnocentrism?
Possible sites to get ideas: 

Growing up in a time of fear: Confronting stereotypes about Muslims & countering xenophobia (
See The Person, Not The Colour (
Examples of steps taken in Russia
How To Overcome Ethnocentrism
Best Way to Deal with Xenophobia
How To Deal With Xenophobic Violence

Turn in the annotated bibliography that shows the list of sources you used to answer the questions, the answers to the questions and any additional notes related to the topics of xenophobia and ethnocentrism.

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