cultural relativism

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a philosophical system that considers truth to be dependent on individual persons, cultural contexts, times, or places.
cultural relativism the understanding of distinct cultures and lifestyles within the context of each culture; the behaviors of a cultural group are evaluated in the context of that specific culture, from an impartial perspective, rather than according to the standards of some other culture.

cultural relativism

a concept that health and normality emerge within a social context and that the content and form of mental health will vary greatly from one culture to another. Differences may result from variations in stressors, symbolic interpretation, acceptance of expression and repression, and cohesion and tolerance of deviation of social groups.
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I've got no time for those who say this is a culturally relative issue – it is wrong, full stop, and we've got to stamp it out.
culturally relative concepts of humanity include life stories, discussion of the ethics of human organ sales in a Hindu context, and kinship as a model for viewing women's humanity/rights in the Muslim Middle East.
The topics include whether information ethics is culturally relative, protecting privacy on the Web, business collaboration by privacy-preserving clustering, agricultural data mining in the 21st century, and basic principles of data mining.
More importantly and culturally relative, because of long work hours, larger-than-average families and single-parent homes, other siblings and elderly adults frequently have a major responsibility for the care of younger children.
Berry, 1991) support attractiveness judgments as involving matching targets against culturally relative, gender ideals (Adrian, 1999) which elicit initial physical attractiveness judgments.
Career and personal issues become intertwined in the reality of life in such a conception, because meaning is determined by each person from a culturally relative perspective.
Yet, viewing scientific truths as culturally relative seems unsatisfactory when considering the universality of the human species.
He takes up the question of the definition of species, and then discusses the idea of "species loyalty," which, he argues, is a cultural artifact or kind of fiction--"a discursively created and supported set of beliefs, bound up in culturally relative forms with other, more fundamental beliefs about the importance of life, relationships with some other beings, and taking responsibility as a moral agent" (p.
The idea that economic principles are culturally relative confuses highly variable human practices with ones that are uniform across all borders.
Crime may be culturally relative but some crimes exist the world over and some targets seem all too easy in any country.
And, as far as matters of morality or preserving Western values are concerned, Lynch agrees with the late Christopher Lasch, who saw America's commercial elites as increasingly detached from the traditional values of Western civilization and opting instead for the more cosmopolitan and culturally relative outlook urged by the diversity machine.

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