Abstract or Introduction
This paper examines notions and perspectives related to cultural relativism, as well as the interplay with virtual and real relativity within the context of interactions between British settlers and Australian Aboriginals, represented here with the historical episode of Batman’s Treaty. The approach of cultural relativism is a constructive method for scrutinizing the consequences of Western ethnocentric impositions that assert universal validity.
This approach exhibits the imperative to assess diverse cultures within the intricacies of their own contexts, free from normative judgments imposed by hegemonic or dominant cultures and power structures. Within this analytical framework, the examination of Batman’s Treaty, as conveyed in this paper, serves as an emblematic illustration of universalist and ethnocentric attitudes of European settlers. When explored through the lens of cultural relativity, this historical event points at the way different or conflicting conceptions and understandings contribute to distinct interpretations of the experiences and worldviews held by different cultures.
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- Ilgin Yildiz (Author), 2024, Cultural Relativism. British Colonizers, Australian Aboriginals and the Case of Batman's Treaty, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1443324