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Cultural Relativism and Its Importance in Understanding Michael Vick

Article By on 13th August, 2009

... term that can best be defined as follows: An individual's actions, behaviors and beliefs can be understood only in terms of the culture from which he or she derives.

In Horace Miner's famous ethnographic essay, "Body Rituals Among the Nacirema," the author describes in intricate detail the seemingly bizarre cultural practices of a society known as the Nacirema.

In describing the Nacirema's oral hygiene, Miner writes, "The Nacirema have an almost pathological horror of and fascination with the mouth, the condition of which is believed to have a supernatural influence on all social relationships.

"Were it not for the rituals of the...

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