What do Anthropologists Study?
Anthropology compares human societies across the globe and across time. We compare present and past forms of government or legal and religious belief systems, for example. We compare social structures, like family dynamics, and study transnational corporations. We spend time reading against the grains of colonial documents. We explore social movements and the root of social inequalities linked to race and gender. Wherever there are (or were) humans or other primates, there are opportunities for anthropological study. In the United States, we break the discipline into four subfields: archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.
What is Anthropology?
"Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder at that which one would not have been able to guess"
Anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
“Anthropology is the most humanistic of sciences and the most scientific of the humanities”
Anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber (1876-1960)
“The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences”
Anthropologist Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)
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This authoritative guide offers readers a comprehensive look into the world of anthropology and its related sciences. The book covers the essential areas of the field, including its history. The major branches of the field are also discussed, including cultural and social anthropology as well as archaeology. It also explores the study of the discipline around the world through urban, medical, and applied anthropology.