Conclusion: Toward Cross-Cultural Universals

  • Bret L. Billet


This book began with an investigation into the nature of human rights. The conflicting concepts of universalism and cultural relativism were introduced in order to provide an adequate structural inquiry as well as to facilitate greater understanding about why the application of what are perceived to be universal human rights to specific cultural practices is such a tenuous proposition. Moreover, the focus on four particular cultural practices provided the necessary background by which to better understand this conflict. In so doing, greater understanding about the history and functions of these practices, and the evidence for the cultural relativist position, was acquired.


Cultural Practice Female Child Middle Ground Cultural Relativism Diverse Culture 
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