The affect of Culture on individuals sociological imagination
Really, what made you think they are terrorist?
Umm.. Aren't they suppose to be.. right?
We overheard! Sorry, if we have offended you with our outfits..
I am really sorry! I got this attitude from the media and environment that I'm surrounded with. I will learn better about other cultural universals.
You need to learn and understand that manners such as: norms and values differ from culture to culture.
Sarah, they are right you must be a relativist rather than an ethnocentric person.
Right! You need to improve your intercultural communication.
Sarah failed to use her sociological imagination, and stereotyped the covered ladies as terrorist.
Sarah did not look past her personal view, instead she instantly judged the covered ladies, which many may experience a culture shock because they witness different traditions from their own culture.
According to a functionalist, ethnocentrism serves to maintain a sense of solidarity because they view all other cultures as deviations from the norm. However, different social context give rise to different norms and values and places a priority on understanding foreigners.