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Keywords

cultural sensitivity, cultural values, culture, female genital mutilation

 

Authors

  1. Baker, Cynthia PhD, RN

Abstract

This article examines the doctrine of cultural relativism in nursing practice.To introduce the issue, an overview of the intellectual history of cultural relativism is presented. The academic themes of the debate surrounding cultural relativism are illustrated with an example of the social controversy in France involving cultural relativism as used to defend the practice of female genital excision among immigrant communities. The dilemma faced by nursing in making cross-cultural judgments is then examined in the light of the academic and social debates. The article concludes with a theoretical resolution of the issue of cultural relativism for nursing practice that is based on hermeneutic philosophy.