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Select one of the essays from the following list located in the ERR page on the student
Anthropology - General Anthropology
Cultural Relativism . Cultural Anthropology gives three distinct meanings of cultural relativism: a moral stance that requires anthropologists to suspend moral and ethical judgments when interacting with a culture different from their own, a methodological strategy that allows the anthropologist to pay specific attention to the uniqueness of a culture, and an epistemological position that cultures are unique and therefore knowledge about different cultures is almost inherently not comparable. (Sec. 1.3).
In your forum contribution:
a. Discuss what you see as the strengths and weaknesses of each of these three kinds of relativism.
b. Identify one belief or practice in another culture that you find puzzling, strange, or troubling, and then discuss the extent that cultural relativism is a useful approach to understanding and interacting with the people who hold it.
c. Discuss the extent that cultural relativism would be a useful approach to understanding and interacting with people in your own society that did (or do) the same.
d. Explore the extent to which whether one is studying in one's own country or in another makes a difference in the applicability of cultural relativism to one's research.
Your initial response should be at least 150 words in length. Build on the ideas and terminology in the text and your own ideas to support your answers. Please support your claims with examples from the text, required and recommended material, and/or scholarly articles. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.
Studying Culture . Choose one of the "Consider This" boxes that Nowak and Laird present us with in Chapters 1 and 2 of Cultural Anthropology , or discuss the topics below from the film Margaret Mead: Coming of Age , available in the Films On Demand database, in the Ashford Online Library.
The topics covered are:
a. Whether the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights should be applicable to all cultures
b. Whether it is possible to truly view a culture without being influenced by the cultural constructs of our own culture
c. How our understanding of what it means to be a patient in the United States reflects our different cultural backgrounds and affiliations
d. In the film Margaret Mead: Coming of Age, it is mentioned that Mead’s initial research was criticized on methodological grounds. Why was that? Do you consider the criticism warranted or not warranted? What could she have done differently?
e. Based on the film and the book, discuss the challenges of field work. What do you think would be the most difficult? What has changed since the time of Mead?
Clearly identify the topic you choose at the outset of your discussion, and answer all aspects of it thoroughly. Your answer should contain a balance of descriptive detail and cultural analysis. Build on the ideas and terminology in the text and your own ideas to support your answers. Include examples or information from the film in any question answer as you see fit. Your initial response should be at least 150 words in length. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by Day 7.
Foraging Societies . Answer one of the following four questions posed by Nowak and
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