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Ethnocentrism and Anthropology

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Justin Colon

on 20 January 2015

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Transcript of Ethnocentrism and Anthropology

"Judging other cultures using one's own cultural standards"
(Kottak 2013:37).
"The idea that behavior should be evaluated not by outside standards, but in the context of the culture in which it occurs,"
(Kottak 2013:40).
Recognize behavioral differences
Maintain objectivity
Emic vs Etic perspective
Problem of the cultural lens
Problem of ethics
Human & Cultural rights

Why does all this matter?
Culture is...
Learned & Shared

Symbolic & Integrated

Adaptive & Maladaptive

All Encompassing

A very abstract concept

Ethnocentrism & Anthropology
Systems of human behavior and thought. That complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, arts, morals, laws, customs or any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society. (Tylor 1871).

Problems with this?

It also helps us to remove our bias in evaluating others cultural practices.
Recognizing this in the human condition is very enlightening.
The influence of social norms and the cultural lens is cross-cultural.
Learned & Shared
Symbolic & Integrated
Adaptive &

All Encompassing
Problems &
Ethnocentrism Everyday
Culture & Society
Spring 2015

Objectivity is the goal.
Universal Human Rights
Let's chat
How could a declaration like this be problematic?

Are these rights universal?

Who is the authority on that?

Whose code of ethics are we following?

Is objectivity possible?

Culture is Your Operating System
Terrence McKenna
Ethnocentrism in the Media
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