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Americentrism is the idea or perceived bias to judge other cultures and nations by American standards or to center on the United States in news. It refers to the ethnocentric practice of viewing the world from an explicitly U.S. perspective, with an implied belief, either consciously or subconsciously, in the preeminence of U.S. culture.[1]

The term is not to be confused with American exceptionalism, which is the proposition that the United States is different from other countries in that it has a specific world mission to spread liberty and democracy.

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Geocultural perspectives


  1. ^ NI, Chun-yan (2008). "Analysis of ethnocentrism" (PDF). US-China Foreign Language. p. 78. Retrieved March 20, 2009.