ethnography

noun
eth·nog·ra·phy | \eth-ˈnä-grə-fē \

Definition of ethnography 

: the study and systematic recording of human cultures also : a descriptive work produced from such research

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Other Words from ethnography

ethnographer \eth-ˈnä-grə-fər \ noun
ethnographic \ˌeth-nə-ˈgra-fik \ or ethnographical \ˌeth-nə-ˈgra-fi-kəl \ adjective
ethnographically \ˌeth-nə-ˈgra-fi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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On entering, you’ll be given a pair of white gloves to wear while browsing—and there’s everything from ethnographies of Swedish design to Ren Hang photobooks on offer. Laura Bannister, Vogue, "Where to Go in Riga, Latvia, the New Arts Hub of the Baltic," 17 June 2018 Margaret began her master’s degree in ethnology and museum ethnography at Oxford and decided to stay and pursue her doctorate in cultural anthropology. M.a.c. Lynch, courant.com, "Love Story: African Decathlete and American Rower On Love Safari," 10 June 2018 Memoir, elegy, folklore, ethnography, history, beat narrative? Brett Martin, Outside Online, "Katie Lee, Our Lady of Glen Canyon," 24 May 2018 In 2002, a team of researchers led by the sociologist Carlos Serra undertook an ethnography of an even more destructive wave of cholera violence that swept across Mozambique in 1998–99. Longreads, "Where Have You Hidden the Cholera?," 5 Apr. 2018 Men and Apparitions’ final hundred pages takes the clunky form of Zeke’s ethnography, Men In Quotes. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Men and Apparitions Dissects A Male Feminist’s Crisis," 9 Apr. 2018 Using Iñupiat oral histories and ethnographies recorded in the 19th and 20th centuries, Hill now knows that this and other iktuġat were meant to be placed in a boat with the likeness of the whale facing down, toward the ocean. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018 The anthropologist’s research is framed around improving understanding of the migrant experience along the U.S.-Mexico border through a combination of ethnography, archaeology and forensic science. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "MacArthur Foundation Names ‘Genius Grant’ Winners for 2017," 11 Oct. 2017 Zagoskin's journal of his travels in Alaska's Y-K Delta from 1842 to 1844 remains a seminal work of Alaska history and ethnography. Tim Troll, Alaska Dispatch News, "The Russians are coming (back)," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of ethnography

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ethnography

French ethnographie, from ethno- + -graphie -graphy

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ethnography

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ethnography

: the study of human races and cultures

ethnography

noun
eth·nog·ra·phy | \eth-ˈnäg-rə-fē \
plural ethnographies

Medical Definition of ethnography 

: the study and systematic recording of human cultures also : a descriptive work produced from such research

Other Words from ethnography

ethnographic \ˌeth-nə-ˈgraf-ik \ or ethnographical \-i-kəl \ adjective
ethnographically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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