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Unformatted text preview: 3) Cultural relativism and the Prime Directive. Brief story of Margaret Mead. Ethical problems arising from. Notions of equilibrium and functionalism. Assumptions that society should be based on equilibrium are false, but this is easily dealt with in Star Trek 4) Liberal cultural relativism in conflict with ethnocentric cultural evolutionism and teleology (a tension in anthropology and in Star Trek.) give example of Lees Eating Christmas in the Kalahari. Do people in different places exist in different times? Contemporary anthropology struggles against this assumption, epitomized by: Development theory and practice, Modernization theory. Notes: Each culture has a unique logic, maybe strange to the outsider, but if one spends time one would understand it. Anthropology assumes that all societies are evolving toward a particular similar end/goal aka teleology. Anthropologists assume all society will toward a particular similar end/goal aka teleology....
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course ANT 2 taught by Professor Smith during the Winter '07 term at UC Davis.

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