Cultural Relativism Analysis

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S. Michael Houdmann states that “Cultural relativism is the view that all beliefs, customs, and ethics are relative to the individual within his own social context(Houdmann, S. M.).” This means that only a person from particular culture can critic their culture, everyone outside that culture can only respect or tolerate another culture but not critic it. I believe our culture should allow any kind of cultural up bringing as long as the child feels loved, safe, secure and has parental guidance. The nature of cultural relativism in the article article “Culturally Diverse Childrearing Practices: Abusive or Just Different?” is that every cultural is different and has a different way of raising or disciplining children, but just because they are …show more content…
M.). The main points from this article on Cultural relativism are that one should not judge what is considered abuse or neglect off of their cultural norms, but also take in to considerations of what is a cultural norm for someone else. Every cultural is different and has a different way of raising or disciplining children. Just because they are different doesn 't make one more right than the other. This article explains that when faced with different cultures, we must make an effort to understand differences and not jump to automatic conclusions based only on our own culture. The example in this article is a teacher being faced with deciding if he/she should report a situation that their culture would consider abuse or neglect, that deals with a child from a different culture. When faced with a situation like this, Tom McIntyre and Patricia Silva suggest to meet with the parents whom you are considered might be abusing or neglecting their child and let them know your concerns. If its part of their culture, let them explain what they do in their culture and then you can explain to them why it might seem like abuse or neglect in your culture. If you decide not to report the situation, then make sure to continue to keep a close on that child (Tom McIntyre & Patricia Silva (1992).). This kind of situation shows the nature of cultural …show more content…
This leads to the different culture having a greater chance of being reported for abuse. Some examples are in low socio-economics classes physical punishment is more accepted. Fundamentalists, Evangelists, and Baptists respond more punitively in disciplinary situations than people who are affiliated with other major religious orientations. A common punishment for low income Hispanics families from the Caribbean islands is making a child knee on rice. Tying a child’s ear to a door know is a common punishment for Vietnamese children. Getting locked out of the house is a common punishment for South east Asian Families. Native American families believe in non-interference except in times of danger. These difference in cultures often times leave teachers puzzled if they should report what they would consider abuse even though it is seen as normal in their cultures. Low income Black cultures use more controlling and punitive child treatment and the child views this a care and affection. Behavior management techniques that avoid expected physical punishment in middle class families may lead to anxiety. Most culture use negative reinforcement to promote appropriate child behavior. Positive reinforcement with limiting punishment is instead used by middle class

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