Sectionalism is a partiality for a particular place, like when a US politician shows little interest in other countries or when someone who lives in Alaska only cares about policies and laws that directly affect her state.

As it's a devotion to just one section of a larger place, sectionalism can give people a somewhat narrow-minded perspective on the world. Sectionalism is a practically provincial devotion to one particular place, and it's usually a little bit irrational in its partiality. Of course, if you live in Hawaii or Paris, a little bit of sectionalism would be completely understandable.

Definitions of sectionalism
  1. noun
    excessive devotion to the interests of a particular region
    synonyms: localism, provincialism
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    type of:
    partiality, partisanship
    an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
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