Definition of Anthropology
(noun) The study of humankind in all places and times.
- American English – /an-thruh-pAHl-uh-jee/
- British English – /an-thruh-pOl-uh-jee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌænθrəˈpɑlədʒi/
- British English – /ˌanθrəˈpɒlədʒi/
- Plural: anthropologies
- The primary branches of anthropology are archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology.
- According to the American Anthropological Association, the definition of anthropology is “the study of humans past and present.”
- A type of social science.
- An (noun) anthropologist (adverb) anthropologically studies culture to create (adjective) anthropologic or (adjective) anthropological works.
- “Anthropology seeks to understand human existence over geographic space and evolutionary time, whereas sociology seeks to understand contemporary social organization, relations, and change” (Kendall 2006:7).
- Word origin of “anthropology” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- MIT OpenCourseWare – Free Online Course Materials – Anthropology: ocw.mit.edu
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “anthropology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 21, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/anthropology/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
anthropology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/anthropology/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “anthropology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 21, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/anthropology/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“anthropology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 May. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/anthropology/>.