But there is a difference in the way we now use cultural relativism as opposed to what Boas thought about. Here enters another figure in history of anthropology, his name was E. Evan-Pritchard, being a British and living in the heyday of empire, thought of this problem differently.
But the attack on cultural relativism isn’t a new or a recent phenomenon.
Here is a quote from a Brietbart’s piece from 2010, “If there is no objective truth as the Sophists argue, then how can the statement that there is no objective truth be true?
198 A History of Anthropological Theory [Fourth Edition]).
The origins of the term are unclear, but its most popular reference was first made by an anthropologist, Franz Boas.
There have been large tomes published about post-modernism!
But I will broadly define the term: ‘Pertaining to postmodernism, the intellectual stance that experience is subjective and no one version of it can be authoritative.’ (p.
It is important to remember that the left-leaning political movements and their philosophical influence was felt far and wide in the 1980s.
Cultural relativism gained much wider acceptance in the 1980s with the rise of postmodern theories.
A variety of factors shape culture and these different factors are reflected in the differences between various cultures.
Historically, psychology has been dominated by white, middle-class American males, who have monopolised both as researchers and participants.