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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He was clearly influenced by a reading of Freudian psychoanalytic writings in attempts at historical reconstructions of cultural stages in anthropology.
▪ Not only sociology and cultural anthropology but even a field like literary criticism increasingly becomes infested with the jargon of empirical addiction.
▪ Well first of all I must distance myself from the image that is presented by nearly all introductory textbooks of cultural anthropology.
▪ Indeed, there is a whole discipline, cultural anthropology, that devotes itself to the study of human cultural differences.
▪ She was pretty much raised by a grandfather she calls an anarchist and studied cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin.
▪ Mead was already world renowned, as famous for her social activism as for her cultural anthropology.
▪ This type of simplistic explanation of primitive societies has dogged Marxist anthropology since Engels's time.
▪ This approach is then illustrated conceptually by discussion of a central issue in Marxist anthropology, the analysis of work.
▪ There are dangers for Marxist anthropology in both the Habermasian and the Sartrean approaches to dialectics.
▪ A social scientist of great distinction and international reputation, Malinowski was a founder of modern social anthropology.
▪ Like modern archeology, anthropology also depends upon the historical perspective which Hecataeus and his successors first opened.
▪ Rivers played a fundamental role in the establishment of both experimental psychology and social anthropology as academic disciplines in Great Britain.
▪ Cultural and social anthropology was then concerned with the evolution of human society and culture.
▪ A social scientist of great distinction and international reputation, Malinowski was a founder of modern social anthropology.
▪ However, social anthropology can offer no general panacea for our present ills and discontents.
▪ In other words, nationalism belongs with political theory, ethnicity with sociology or social anthropology.
▪ Design - Ethnographic interviewing, a qualitative comparative method drawn from social anthropology.
▪ In 1924 Malinowski joined the London School of Economics as reader in social anthropology.
▪ Empiricism and positivism have been put to flight in anthropology, philosophy, aesthetics, economics.
▪ Gossip has received some attention in anthropology.
▪ Houk was in Trinidad in 1988 to gather information for his anthropology dissertation, which he completed in 1992.
▪ Indeed, there is a whole discipline, cultural anthropology, that devotes itself to the study of human cultural differences.
▪ Now, through anthropology, he renewed them.
▪ Once again in this phrase reaction against the nineteenth century is bound to a standpoint which relies on anthropology.
▪ Political and legal anthropology Many of the anthropologists dealing with political organization have chosen to approach this from a conflict perspective.
▪ The study of this aspect of language provides links with other disciplines such as sociology, social anthropology, psychology and philosophy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anthropology \An`thro*pol"o*gy\, n. [Gr. ? man + -logy.]

  1. The science of the structure and functions of the human body.

  2. The science of man, including the study of the ditribution of physical and cultural attributes in relation to man's origin, location, history, and environment; -- sometimes used in a limited sense to mean the study of man as an object of natural history, or as an animal.

  3. That manner of expression by which the inspired writers attribute human parts and passions to God. See also anthropopathite, anthropopathism, anthropomorphist.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"science of the natural history of man," 1590s, originally especially of the relation between physiology and psychology, from Modern Latin anthropologia or coined independently in English from anthropo- + -logy. In Aristotle, anthropologos is used literally, as "speaking of man."


n. The holistic scientific and social study of humanity, mainly using ethnography as its method.


n. the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings

Anthropology (disambiguation)

Anthropology, or Anthropologie in some languages, refers primarily to a science. An Anthropologist practices anthropology. Anthropological is "having to do with anthropology." This word set may refer to:

Anthropology (composition)

"Anthropology" (also known as "Thriving From a Riff" or "Thriving on a Riff") is a bebop-style jazz composition written by saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie from 1945. Like many other jazz compositions, it uses the chords known as " rhythm changes".


Anthropology is the study of various aspects of humans within societies the past and present. Social anthropology and cultural anthropology study the norms and values of societies. Linguistic anthropology studies how language affects social life. Biological or physical anthropology studies the biological development of humans.

Archaeology, which studies past human cultures through investigation of physical evidence, is thought of as a branch of anthropology in the United States, while in Europe, it is viewed as a discipline in its own right, or grouped under other related disciplines such as history.

Usage examples of "anthropology".

Norman worked harder to educate Sasha, teaching him the basics of math and science and trying to use unfamiliar words in conversation -- atmosphere, adjective, allele, atom, anthropology -- so the boy would have to ask what they meant.

He had obtained a bursary to the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, from where he had graduated with a first in politics, history, and social anthropology.

Hugo Menzies, chairman of the Anthropology Department, dressed elegantly and with less than the usual degree of academic rumpledness, entered the room.

It was only Hugo Menzies, chairman of the Anthropology Department and her immediate boss.

Lucy Overlock was in her office in the physical anthropology department.

Perhaps we should see the first attempt at this uprooting of Anthropology - to which, no doubt, contemporary thought is dedicated -in the Nietzschean experience: by means of a philological critique, by means of a certain form of biologism, Nietzsche rediscovered the point at which man and God belong to one another, at which tile death of the second is synonymous with the disappearance of the first, and at which the promise of the superman signifies first and foremost the imminence of the death of man.

The myth of the illogical or prelogical savage may safely be relegated to that museum of learned absurdities and abortions which speculative anthropology is constantly enriching with fresh specimens of misapplied ingenuity and wasted industry.

This is why nothing is more alien to psychoanalysis than anything resembling a general theory of man or an anthropology.

I do not have a formal academic background in archaeology or anthropology, I daresay that I am quite a recognized expert on the Anasazi and that the two scientists currently working up there depend on me for the answers to certain mysteries.

Hosteen Nakai began teaching him about the Navajo relationship with the world, and at the University of New Mexico when in the presence of the famed Alaska Jack Campbell, who was teaching him early Athabascan culture in Anthropology 209.

The most prestigious scientific institute in Germany, the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics, the German Research Council, and their extensive biomedical and eugenics research programs, had no qualms about the killing of so-called inferior and polluted races.

Bourgeois caused a great sensation when he presented to the members of the International Congress of Prehistoric Anthropology and Archeology, meeting in Paris, a Halitherium bone bearing marks that appeared to be human incisions.

In her anthropology classes, she had learned of the cultures that had built the great red sandstone monuments therethe Anasazi, Sinagua, Hohokam, and Mogollonbut she had never seen the structures in person.

Widow Twankey came out of retirement and, gorged on anthropology, dropped down on stage in Pantoland.

I was a wide-eyed innocent freshman at William and Mary, and Alan was a grad student in anthropology, earning his stipend by teaching an introductory anthro course.