cultural anthropology


cultural anthropology

noun

Definition of CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

:  anthropology that deals with human culture especially with respect to social structure, language, law, politics, religion, magic, art, and technology — compare physical anthropology
cultural anthropologist noun

First Known Use of CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

1933

cultural anthropology

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

: anthropology that deals with human culture especially with respect to social structure, language, law, politics, religion, magic, art, and technology—compare physical anthropology
cultural anthropologist noun

cultural anthropology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Branch of anthropology that deals with the study of culture. The discipline uses the methods, concepts, and data of archaeology, ethnography, folklore, linguistics, and related fields in its descriptions and analyses of the diverse peoples of the world. Called social anthropology in Britain, its field of research was until the mid 20th century largely restricted to the small-scale (or “primitive”), non-Western societies that first began to be identified during the age of discovery. Today the field extends to all forms of human association, from village communities to corporate cultures to urban gangs. Two key perspectives used are those of holism (understanding society as a complex, interactive whole) and cultural relativism (the appreciation of cultural phenomena within their own context). Areas of study traditionally include social structure, law, politics, religion, magic, art, and technology.

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