Volume s1-24, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Gregory Bateson has said concerning a far eastern people, “one of the most pressing problems in a world which is becoming increasingly close-knit is that of mutual understanding between peoples with basically different cultures. Each may have in the background of his mind a whole mass of thoughts and values and interpretations of the world which are specifically his. The white man has his notions of competition, sacrifice, fair play, justice, checks and balances, democracy, discipline and so on, the native correspondingly may have in the back of his mind his own interpretations of life, his feeling for symmetry in human relations, his notions of the sacred and the unclean, of gift exchanges and the validation of social events.”

This difference of perspective is a powerful factor determining the direction and the progress of development.


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  • Received : 18 Jul 1944
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