Cultural Relativism Civil War

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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, …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? …show more content…
The most interesting is archology, which studies human remains and remains of society to study how individuals interacted with one another. With this interaction, there is a power struggle in all societies except a hunting and gathering society. Cultural anthropology is very similar to sociology and the lines between them are foggy. Cultural anthropology looks at Marx and Weber and other important theorists. The biggest idea that is in anthropology is kinship group is defined by the sociology textbook as “people related to one another by blood” (Harrison 73). These individuals are generally self-sufficient economically (Harrison). Kinship groups normally form around a nuclear family, so normally mother, father and then children. Going to a new society or community, a big part thing that anthropologist study is relationships, so they spend a long time making kinship trees. Anthropologist categorize kinship in seven different ways, Eskimo Hawaiian, Sudanese, Omaha, Crow and Iroquois. The Eskimo system is the most popular way to categorize people in North America and Europe. Human relationships include gender roles, division of labor, religion, warfare and politics. Kinship is important in a popular anthropology and sociology issue of poverty and homelessness

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