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Bamikole, Lawrence; Burton, Roxan
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Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy
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Globalization, cross-cultural relativism and the Jamaican woman
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15th All African Students Conference: Pan Africanism at the Beginning of the 21st Century
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May 22-24, 2003
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Mona, Jamaica
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Abstract
Cross-cultural relativism has come to constitute a great challenge to globalization. The thesis of cross-cultural relativism is that there are internal norms that are used to arbitrate the values of a given culture and, as such, the attempt to evaluate or judge a culture by some external norms or standards is tantamount to ethnocentrism. It is against this background that the authors want to examine the feminist ideology of women's liberation and empowerment. Their thesis is that, there cannot be, strictly speaking, a universal conception of woman which transcends cultural perspectives. This being the case, the feminist project, which places emphasis on trans-cultural woman seems to be misplaced. The authors illustrate their position with the Jamaican woman and argue that what constitutes any ideology about the Jamaican woman is informed by Jamaican culture.....
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