Cultural Relativism: Beliefs, Beliefs And Values

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Culture is a system of knowledge shared by a relatively large group of people, it may also refer to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experiences, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies religion, notions of time roles, spatial relations, material possessions and objects by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving. The ideas, believes and values learnt by a group of people by virtue of their belonging to a society determines their nature as human beings. As such, some anthropologists are of the view that there is no universal ‘right way’ of doing things as human beings because the ‘right way’ will always be our way which may not be acceptable to other people by virtue of their shared beliefs and values. Bearing this in mind, it can therefore be said that the attitude of an informed human being towards the many other different people in society should be tolerance of other people’s…show more content…
The study of the differences that are existent among the various groups and individuals is known as cultural relativism. Cultural relativism is a theory developed by Franz Boas in the study of anthropology in the 1940’s (Ayodeji K., 2005). Cultural relativism identifies that there are differences in the way of lives of people and in view of these differences; some form of judgement is applied in dealing with individuals groups and societies that are different from one’s own society. Cultural relativism therefore implies that as human beings we should learn about the belief systems of the people

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