What is anthropology?

  • (noun): The social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings.


Anthropology /ænθrɵˈpɒlədʒi/ is the "science of humanity." It has origins in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The term "anthropology" is from the Greek anthrōpos (ἄνθρωπος), "man", understood to mean humankind or humanity, and -logia (-λογία), "discourse" or "study." The essence of anthropology has been, since its tradition, cross-cultural comparison, and cultural relativism has become the canon of anthropological inquiry.

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Arizona Museum Of Natural History - Archeology/Anthropology
... The Anthropology Section of the Arizona Museum of Natural History conducts research and develops exhibitions on Native American cultures and the archaeology of southern Arizona ... This is one of the most important tasks of the anthropology department ...
Anthropology - Major Discussions - Focus On Other Cultures
... Some authors argue that anthropology originated and developed as the study of "other cultures", both in terms of time (past societies) and space (non-European/non-Western ... For example, the classic of urban anthropology, Ulf Hannerz in the introduction to his seminal Exploring the City Inquiries Toward an Urban ...
Anthropogeny Vs. Anthropology
... Anthropology, therefore, is quite literally the study of humans, whereas anthropogeny is the study of the origin of humans ... There is a some overlap between anthropology and anthropogeny, as both are interested in the study of humans ... The field of anthropology has origins in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences ...
List Of Social Science Journals - Anthropology
... American Anthropologist Chungara (journal) Cultural Survival Current Anthropology published by University of Chicago Press, is a peer-reviewed journal of Open Peer Commentary Journal of Human Evolution ...
Lowell D. Holmes Museum Of Anthropology
... Holmes Museum of Anthropology began in 1966 as the Museum of Man, at the bequest and initiation of Dr ... Lowell Holmes, Professor of Anthropology at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, USA ... In 1999, the anthropology department and the museum moved to a new location in Neff Hall ...

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    I am not a literary man.... I am a man of science, and I am interested in that branch of Anthropology which deals with the history of human speech.
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