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Friday Socials: Dr. Aurolyn Luykx

The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest had the opportunity to host:

Dr.Aurolyn Luykx

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Teacher Education

Department of Sociology and Anthropology 

The university of Texas at El Paso

“What standards can we use to determine if something is good or bad? In anthropology, Culture relativism is a crucial and center concept for understanding world cultures. Culture relativism tells us that some cultures see same situations differently. For example, in one culture eating with the left hand might be considered disrespectful, and in others, it might only mean that a person is left-handed. Many people make judgments about other people’s behavior that may be inaccurate.  People need to understand that their culture norms are not the only ones out there.  The only way we can hope to judge people is by the norms and culture of their society. We shouldn’t condemn or see as scandalous all situations that are not in according to our culture; instead, we should try to understand what is happening and why it’s happening. People tend to confuse culture relativism with moral relativism. There are some ideas and some practices that are so destructive that they must be combated wherever they occur. For example, slavery, certainly an institution we would characterize as evil, I don’t think any anthropologist would defend it by saying that it was the culture of the time. I think we do judge, and we do it without apology. Culture relativism, in my opinion, gives us a tool for better understanding those things that we might wish to change and to think critically about the reasons why to change it. ”

 

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