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Franz Boas

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Courtesy, modesty, good manners, conformity to definite ethical standards are universal, but what constitutes courtesy, modesty, good manners, and definite ethical standards is not universal. It is instructive to know that standards differ in the most unexpected ways,
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Boas (1928) in foreword to Margaret Mead (1928) Coming of Age in Samoa

 
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