suffer the anthropological malady diagnosed by Le vi- Strauss inTristes
tropiques: I find it much more difficult to suspend value
judgments about the society in which I normally reside
than I do abroad. It takes physical and cultural distance
to gain moral detachment and political noncommitment.
Relativism implies a solid measure of indifference. Pierre L van den Berghe 'From the Popocatepetl to
the Limpopo', collected in Bennett Berger (ed) Authors
of their Own Lives (1990).