ANTH1200 Ethnocentrism

ANTH1200 Ethnocentrism - The concept of cultural relativism...

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What is “Normal” or “Natural” One thing that cultural anthropology is particularly useful for is to break down notions of “normality” or conceptions of what is “natural” behavior. One way to do this is by examining cultures across time and space. A goal is often to break down ethnocentricism through practice of cultural relativism.
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Ethnocentrism The tendency to judge the practices and beliefs of other cultures by the standards/norms of one’s own culture. Often leads to feeling that the traits, behaviors, norms of another culture are inherently inferior, wrong, or less logical to your own.
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Examples of Ethnocentrism o Jeffrey Amherst Story o Native American Boarding Schools o Deli in Kalamazoo Story o Belief about “Man the Hunter” o Other examples from Students? o Potlatch Example
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Cultural Relativism The ability to view the beliefs and costumes of a group of people within the context of their cultural system rather than just one’s own experiences or beliefs.
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Unformatted text preview: The concept of cultural relativism as we will be using it does not imply that one condones or justifies any particular set of behaviors. Rather, it is a means for understanding why behaviors or practices take place and make sense within a particular cultural context Examples of Cultural Relativism Examples from Students? Family Types and Diversity of Families across time and space Monogamy? Lifelong has been looked at as an ideal in US, but not very commonly practiced Serial monogamy is much more frequently practiced. Polygamy? Pretty commonly accepted, but not frequently practiced. Polyandry example Extremely uncommon One example that does occur is fraternal polyandry in one area of Tibet in the Himalayas How does it work? Explanations for why it occurs? Cultural practice of female infanticide? Functions to keep size of population down? Assists with maintaining family farms...
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2010 for the course ANTH 1200 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Western Michigan.

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