Re: Melting pot + Cultural Mosaic

Michael John Evans (g8726246@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Tue, 14 Dec 1993 07:14:57 -0500

Can I add my own search to Karen Szala-Menock's? I am still searching for
the first printing of the term "cultural relativism". The earliest
conjunction of the terms I've come across is in Boas' intro to Benedicts'
Patterns of Culture, in which he refers to the 'relativity of culture'.
Previous suggestions (to see Herskovits, Hatch, Stocking, Boas's famous
chapter 10) have all proved futile. I'd ask George Stocking himself if I
knew how to get a hold of him. [Or maybe Danial Foss knows?]
As for melting pot, my understanding is that it was a term that arose out
of the immediate post WWII emmigration situation, and I associate it
specifically with the U.States. Cultural mosaic is, I think, a later term,
(perhaps as recent as Trudeau's first campaign) which I conceive of as
specifically canadian, and in contrast to 'melting pot'
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