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very well said!
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From: The Disability-Research Discussion List
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Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2004 4:56 PM
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Hello all,

You know, Geertz wrote an article some ten years ago critiquing cultural
relativism and demonstrating that ethnocentrism is not only our more natural
human response, but also in some way essential to avoiding moral intropy
(1994 in Borofsky).
One of the points he makes in there might be a useful analogy here regarding
the character of the critical exchanges between some members/schools of
thought. He gives some examples of conflict between people from different
cultures/approaches that could, on their own, seem quite sad for how
unresolved they were. But he notes that the real tragedy of these
cross-cultural conflicts is that 'the whole thing takes place in the dark.'
... that is to say, the tragedy is that neither side learns or grows or has
any new facets of the case illuminate because each is so caught up in
frustration over why the other doesn't see their point.

For those of us on this list who are here to learn from those with more
experience and research grounding than us, and are working on deepening our
understanding/positions on the subjects at hand,  it would be really helpful
if the critiques and responses were less shrouded - if they were accompanied
by a) context for what particular debate the comments stem from; and b) some
sense of recognition for the 'partial good' of what the other side is
saying/doing amidst the critique.

Thanks for your time,

P. J. Cushing, PhD
Cultural Anthropology
McMaster University, Canada
www.PamelaCushing.com

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