ANT.101, WK1, DS1 CULTURAL UNIVERSALS Tarasha Hickson -...

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CULTURAL UNIVERSALS Tarasha Hickson-Smith ANT. 101 WEEK 1 DISCUSSION 1 Cultural Universals’ Effect on Humanism When we identify the cultural universals of the people that have a greater impact on our existence it gives us an understanding and a greater appreciation for the value of our being. Not saying that I support ethnocentrism (Nowak & Laird, Introduction: What is the Anthropological Approach, 2010), but by allowing an equal view of the combined opinions of each culture will present a bigger picture of humanism. Some cultures just tend to stand out more than others causing us to pay closer attention to all that it has to offer to human nature. As the text points out, “Grasping the fullest range of human culture will inevitably lead to universally valid knowledge of what it means to be a cultural-bearing human Relevance of Discovering Universals It is important to look deep into the consideration of cultural relativism when observing a group to grasp the value of that culture when discovering universals. We have to have an open mind in order to understand the particular behavior that is displayed and why the things that make up that culture are relevant to their being and our being as a whole. Universals help us compare and contrast different levels of human culture and behavior from one extreme to the next in order to find the medium that connects My Personal Cultural Impact In my culture, biologically we have a mixed background of Native American, African, and European cultures that have been molded into what we now call American culture. Most of us only feel proud to recognize the African heritage more than the others that exist in our DNA. If our behaviors were shaped by our biological cultures it would make things allot more difficult, because there would be no compromise to understand someone else’s way of life due to the auto programming of our minds to think and act like the natives of our families. But because we do as we see most of the culture of our natives was lost when they were removed from the native environment in which the cultural rituals were a necessity to practice, so they adjusted to the new environment and a new culture was born. This made things complicated to teach the next generation about the traditions that made up the original culture, and
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course ANT101 ANT101 taught by Professor Nancy during the Summer '10 term at Ashford University.

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