Reading: Blocker, Gene. 1991. Is primitive art art? The Journal of Aesthetic Education 25 (4): 87-97.
- What is the problem involved in any cross-cultural study?
- What is the dilemma Blocker identifies on the bottom of page 89?
- Why can’t we avoid ethnocentrism?
- What are Blocker’s three criteria for a good cross-cultural description? (How do his examples of the missionary in West Africa illustrate these criteria)?
- Explain the distinction he draws on page 92 between two types of cross-cultural description.
- What are the three objections – ‘waves’ – he considers, and what are his responses to them?
- Why is it hard to remove an evaluative element in a cross-cultural description?
- What is Blocker’s ‘modified objectivist approach’?
- Do you agree with (any of) his claims?