anthropology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n anthropology the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Anthropology That manner of expression by which the inspired writers attribute human parts and passions to God. See also anthropopathite anthropopathism anthropomorphist.
    • Anthropology 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.
    • Anthropology The science of the structure and functions of the human body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anthropology The science of man or of mankind. It includes the study of man's agreement with and divergence from other animals; of his physical structure and intellectual nature; of the various tribes of men with reference to their origin, customs, etc.; and of the general physical and mental development of the human race. Anthropology thus includes physiology, psychology, sociology, ethnology, etc., putting under contribution all sciences which have man for their object. By some it has been divided into — zoölogical anthropology, which investigates man's relations to the brute creation; descriptive anthropology, or ethnology, which describes the divisions and groups of mankind; general anthropology, or, as M. Broca calls it, “the biology of the human race.” As a department of systematic theology, anthropology deals with questions relating to the origin, nature, original condition, and fall of man, and especially to the doctrines of sin and free agency.
    • n anthropology A treatise on the science of man. Anthropomorphism (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anthropology an-throp-ol′oj-i the science of man, more especially considered as a social animal: the natural history of man in its widest sense, treating of his relation to the brutes, his evolution, the different races, &c
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Quotations

  • James G. Frazer
    James G. Frazer
    “The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology.”
  • Milan Kundera
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    “For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?”
  • Jim Murray
    Jim Murray
    “I am not a literary man. I am a man of science, and I am interested in that branch of Anthropology which deals with the history of human speech.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. man + -logy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anthrōpos, man, and logos, discourse—legein, to say.

Usage

In literature:

But famous as he was as a surgeon, his name is associated most closely with the modern school of anthropology.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Ain't they anthropological, ethnographic biology or something like that?
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
Dawkins was to do the geology and anthropology; Green would contribute the archaeology and history.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
But hitherto the anthropological aspect has been disregarded.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
The form of the palate was highly curious from an anthropological point of view.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
His leisure was devoted to scientific study, especially the ornithology, ichthyology, and anthropology of the West Indies.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
The Pauline anthropology has been challenged as an insult to human nature.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Of course, in strict anthropology, the term is inexact.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
Wouldn't they have a science comparable to our anthropology?
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Among the Indians of Guiana being sketches chiefly anthropologic from the interior of British Guiana.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
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In news:

John McGivern talks to Dr Jill Florence Lackey , founder of Urban Anthropology.
An opportunity to visit the interior of the Lascaux cave in southwestern France will be offered in June by Art and Anthropological Tours of Oakland, Calif.
View full size Jim Cook Jr./The News Dr Marshall Becker, professor emeritus of anthropology at West Chester University, gave a lecture on Native American culture in the Delaware River region at the Bridgeton Public Library Sunday afternoon.
Lina Fruzzetti is Professor of Anthropology at Brown University.
1 Based upon the liturgical principle, lex orandi, lex credendi, we can add that the prayer of the Church is the ultimate source of a proper anthropology.
Anthropology, Biology, and Human Nature.
Credit Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
(Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology).
Most scholars conclude that the Polynesian Islands were settled from the west, based on evidence from linguistics, genetics and cultural anthropology.
Seabright (The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life) draws from economics, biology, sociology, and anthropology in an attempt to reconcile men and women's propensity to disagree with their ability to cooperate.
Walker is an anthropology professor at MU and often kayaks at the Chain of Rocks near St Louis and in Colorado.
Behzad Sarmadi is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Department of Anthropology.
Seltzer has been engaged in research in physical anthropology at Harvard since 1937, and a survey which he made of the smoking habits of the class of 1946 led to some of the findings in this present article.
Clint Shoemake , an Honors College senior majoring in anthropology and political science, in the J.
McCarthy, from Wisconsin, is a second year graduate student pursuing a career in anthropology.
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In science:

Sociology or Anthropology) or based on reproduction (as in the case of genetic algorithms).
Complex Systems
The impact of urban landscapes on the construction of social relations draws attention in the fields of ethnography, sociology, and anthropology.
Sestieri of Venice
Zuniga (eds.), The Anthropology of Space and Place: Locating Culture, Blackwell Publishing (2003).
Sestieri of Venice
This was developed throughout the 19th century, and built into academia in the early 20th century with the creation of departments of economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
The author (Ian Morris) uses data and methodologies from the fields of History, Sociology, Anthropology/Archaeology, Geology, Geography and Genetics to support the thesis in the short title of his book: “Why The West Rules – For Now”.
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
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