Cultural Relativism In Anthropology

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Race has played an important role in the Unites State’s history. The Harrison book talks about how important the Civil War is in understanding today’s culture. Everyone must look back at slavery and must remember to forget that they believe that slavery is wrong because people in that time period did not believe that is was wrong. Sociologist need the past to understand the future too. Segregation has caused Jim Crow Laws, and Redlining to occur which influences poverty in urban areas (Harrison). Today, the former slaves, “the darker ones come even now not altogether empty-handed: there are today no truer exponents of the pure human sprite of the Declaration of Independence than the American Negroes” which shows their national loyalty (Levine, p. 209). …show more content…
Every culture is different, with its own symbols, traditions and practices. When studying other cultures researchers have to keep cultural relativism as a priority. Cultural relativism is an important idea that all scholars use. In anthropology, it is used when researchers look at different groups of people like the Yanomamo. When Napoleon Chagnon went and studied one of the most violent group he could not judge their traditions, customs or religious believes with his modern views. Cultural relativism does not only affect culture and different times, but also different races and cultures. This problem started with the Civil War and segregation, but still can continue in our world. Race has and will continue to be an important topic that effects society, but what is power?

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