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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While the universal dimension of dignity generally refers to the intrinsic worth of all human beings, the culturally relative dimension relates to the external aspects of behavior.
We're kind of snowed in, yet there's always this sort of atmosphere of New York City and the surrounding areas that are very culturally relative.
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.
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.
2) In their introduction, "Music and Gender: Negotiating Shifting Worlds," coeditors Beverley Diamond and Pirkko Moisala note that it has been difficult "to articulate a theoretical agenda that interests scholars with culturally relative perspectives in the context of vastly different music cultures" (1).
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.

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