Cultural Relativism in Sociology: Definition, Argument & Examples


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Which is the best definition of cultural relativism?

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1. Which of the following is FALSE regarding cultural relativism?

2. Why might a Jivaro warrior shrink the head of his fallen enemy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you to understand cultural relativism. Some topics you'll be assessed on include the definition of cultural relativism and prominent anthropologists in the field of cultural relativity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following:

  • The definition of cultural relativism
  • Characteristics of cultural relativism
  • An example of cultural relativism related to a Jivaro warrior
  • Prominent anthropologists in the field of cultural relativism
  • The collective term for a group's core beliefs, rituals and traditions

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related cultural relativism lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of anthropology as it relates to cultural relativism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the differences in what's acceptable between various cultures
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about culture

Additional Learning

To learn more about culture, review the accompanying lesson on Cultural Relativism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define cultural relativism
  • Understand how culture and value system play a role in cultural relativism
  • Identify the impact anthropologists Franz Boas and Alain Locke had on the field of cultural relativism