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Ethnocentrism is a persons use of their own cultural norms values and morals to judge another culture We tend to view the way in which we think and act as correct deviance from these internal norms is seen as wrong or abnormal I think this tendency exists because our ingrained beliefs are often so strong that the guidelines created for us by our culture makes us see our way as the proper and natural way life should be that is naturally how culture works I think that the avoidance of ethnocentrism is difficult because it would seem that this method of thinking is quite natural But this line of thinking does a large disservice to the field of anthropology When an anthropologist cannot be unbiased in their observations it becomes harder to learn and understand different cultures Ethnocentric viewpoints impair judgments and make finds less relevant It is the place of the anthropologists to try to use cultural relativism when studying a foreign culture Cultural relativism would be the attempt of an anthropologist to look at a culture understand it as much as possible and then only make judgments in accordance to the values norms and morals of that particular culture This point of view seems to make a lot of sense in terms of gaining the best possible understanding of other cultures There can however also be difficulties in certain cases when actually putting cultural relativism into practice Arent there some exceptions to the notion of detached observation being moral I believe there may be especially in cases of unjust punishments or mistreatment I do believe that all people deserve to have at least basic human rights to safety and fair treatment--no matter what their culture commands It is a reasonable stand point to not want to interfere with the systems of other cultures but this is what I find to be the largest problem within the concept of cultural relativism Direct interference maybe
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