Sixteen short, posthumously published essays by the late Northwestern University professor Melville Herskovitz,...

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CULTURAL RELATIVISM: Perspectives in Cultural Pluralism

Sixteen short, posthumously published essays by the late Northwestern University professor Melville Herskovitz, anthropologist and African authority (The Human Factor in Changing Africa, 1962), which strenuously call for ""mutual respect"" when viewing or judging different societies. Too often, argues Herskovitz, social scientists have confused ethical criteria (which are essentially intra-cultural or individual) with cultural standards (which are cross-cultural or societal) -- ""the facts of relativism in culture go far beyond the analysis of differentials in value-systems."" Students, the principal readership for this collection, will readily recognize the Herskovitzian theme of value-free ethnology and treat it according to their predilections.

Pub Date: Feb. 7, 1972

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1972