every right to make value judgements). It is not sound. If it did, there would have been nothing to worry about, at least from a moral point of view. Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Rather, the use of the comparative method provides a scientific means of discovering such absolutes. They practiced cremation and funerary cannibalism, respectively, and were each dismayed and abhorred at the proposition of the other tribe's practices. But suppose we ask why the Eskimos do this. 19 Although this formulation clearly echoes the kinds of example anthropologists used in elaborating cultural relativism, Renteln believes that it misses the spirit of the principle. Examining the available statistics, one writer concluded that "were it not for female infanticidethere would be approximately one-and-a-half times as many females in the average Eskimo local group as there are food-producing males.".
Implications of cultural relativism
Implications of Cultural Relativism
No; the difference lies elsewhere. "Anti-Anti-Relativism" in American Anthropologist 86 (2) 263278. Having several wives makes economic sense among herders, not among hunters. It forced anthropologists to confront the question of whether anthropological research is relevant to non-anthropologists. Infanticide, for example, was common. "Afterward: A View from the Center" in Ethnos 47: 172286 Geertz, Clifford, 1984.
(Although, of course, other changes may be for the worse.) Throughout most of Western history the place of women in society was narrowly circumscribed. Our ideas and conceptions are true only so far as our civilization goes". These customs cannot be said to be "correct" or "incorrect for that implies we have an independent standard of right and wrong by which they may be judged.
Social and Cultural Contribution, Phad Thai A Small Taste of a Large Cultural Heritage,