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Kulturbrille

Category
Culture
Kulturbrille

Definition

Recognizing the phenomenon that all of us see the world through our own tinted lenses which we are largely ignorant in our wearing of them. To those with similar lenses (cultures), we have a sense of familiarity and safety, while with others we feel detached and afraid.

Origin

From the German Kultur ("culture") and Brille ("glasses" or "spectacles"), coined by the anthropologist Franz Boas as a reminder to help prevent making normative observations about cultures and practices they encountered (source).