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Definitions for occidentalism
ˌɒk sɪˈdɛn tlˌɪz əmoc·ci·den·tal·ism

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  1. Occidentalismnoun

    the scholarly knowledge of western cultures and languages and people

  2. occidentalismnoun

    the quality or customs or mannerisms characteristic of Western civilizations


  1. Occidentalism

    Occidentalism is a distorted and stereotyped image of Western society (the occident), which can be held by people inside and outside the Western world and which can be articulated or implicit. The term emerged as the reciprocal of the notion of Orientalism - Western stereotypes of the Eastern world, the Orient.


  1. occidentalism

    Occidentalism is a term used to describe the study, interpretation, and portrayal of the Western world by non-Western cultures. It is often characterized by stereotyping, generalization, and a somewhat critical viewpoint towards Western countries and their cultures, behaviors, and societies. It can also refer to the adoption or imitation of Western lifestyle and values by non-Western societies. The term is often used as a counterpart to Orientalism, which is the Western perception and depiction of the Eastern world.


  1. Occidentalism

    The term Occidentalism is used to refer to images of 'The West' in one of two main ways: a stereotyped and sometimes dehumanizing views on the Western world, including Europe and the English-speaking world; and b, ideologies or visions of the West developed in either the West or non-West. The former definition stresses negative constructions of the West and is often focused on the Islamic world. The latter approach has a broader range and includes both positive and negative representations. The term was used in the latter sense by James G. Carrier in his book Occidentalism: Images of the West, and subsequently by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit in their book Occidentalism: the West in the Eyes of its Enemies. The term is an inversion of Orientalism, Edward Said’s label for stereotyped Western views of the East. A number of earlier books had also used the term, sometimes with different meanings, such as Chen Xiaomei's Occidentalism: A Theory of Counter-Discourse in Post-Mao China.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of occidentalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of occidentalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  • الغروبة ثقافة الشعوب الغربيةArabic
  • オクシデンタリズムJapanese
  • occidentalismensSwedish

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