By Barbara D. Miller

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Several new theoretical perspectives have transformed and enriched the field. Feminist anthropology is a perspective that emphasizes the need to study female roles and gender-based inequality. Early feminist anthropologists, starting in the 1970s, realized that anthropology had overlooked women. To address this gap, feminist anthropologists undertook research that explicitly focused on women and girls, half of the world’s people. A related area is gay and lesbian anthropology, or queer anthropology, a perspective that emphasizes the need to study gay people’s cultures and discrimination based on sexual identity and preferences.

Critical cultural relativism avoids the trap of adopting a homogenized view. It recognizes internal cultural differences: winners and losers, and oppressors and victims. It pays attention to the interests of various power groups. It can illuminate the causes and consequences of recent and contemporary conflicts. Many cultural anthropologists seek to critique (which means “to probe underlying power interests,” not “to offer Anthropology and the Study of Culture negative comments,” as in the general usage of the term “criticism”) the behavior and values of groups from the standpoint of a set of generally agreed-on human rights and values.

It was the culture of Aryan supremacists, who were just one group among many. In other words, the situation was far more complex than a simple absolute cultural relativist statement suggests. Rather, it was a case of cultural imperialism, in which one dominant group claimed supremacy over minority cultures and took actions in its own interests and at the expense of the subjugated cultures. Critical cultural relativism avoids the trap of adopting a homogenized view. It recognizes internal cultural differences: winners and losers, and oppressors and victims.

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