Meaning of anthropology in English:


Pronunciation /ˌanθrəˈpɒlədʒi/

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mass noun
  • 1The study of human societies and cultures and their development.

    ‘Comparative studies declined and anthropology shifted to universities.’
    • ‘So he studied anthropology, inquisitive about human societies and their desires and needs.’
    • ‘Before proceeding, it is important to examine the theoretical developments in anthropology on the politics of reproduction.’
    • ‘Ethnography is a research approach that developed in anthropology to study cultural groups and that has more recently been used to study small-group culture.’
    • ‘His expedition was less a holiday than an exercise in comparative anthropology, since he wanted to examine the differences between American and Australian myths.’
    • ‘As noted above, Australian anthropology incorporates a long tradition of research on Aboriginal societies and on societies in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.’
    1. 1.1The study of human biological and physiological characteristics and their evolution.
      ‘It provides a solid underpinning of evolutionary biology for those who want to explore ecology, anthropology and social evolution anywhere on earth.’
      • ‘Another important area that will be influenced is anthropology, evolution and human migration.’
      • ‘The new Cartesianism of cognitive science and biological anthropology provide some contemporary exemplars.’
      • ‘I studied plants and plant evolution for the last six to seven years in the states and was in charge of science at the museum, mainly anthropology and zoology.’
      • ‘The new ecology movement in anthropology relates to a deeper understanding of the relationship of technology and social organization to the environment.’
      • ‘Within ecological anthropology there were also critiques of an overemphasis on bounded local analyses.’
      • ‘Ecological anthropology has a long and distinguished history in Papua New Guinea.’
      • ‘He is a little too fond of building huge abstract entities on the back of discoveries from anthropology, zoology and neuroscience.’
      • ‘The categories and relations of evolutionist theory in anthropology expressed deeply held values.’
      • ‘On the contrary, his assessment of the economic origins of human evolution relies heavily on literature, data and facts from anthropology, biology and other natural sciences.’
      • ‘Since the 1990s, ecological anthropology has incorporated a political dimension into ecological analysis.’
      • ‘He has no more training in fields relevant to evolution - biology, paleontology, anthropology, geology, etc - than I or most other people do.’
      • ‘Terrence Deacon works at the interface between neurobiology, developmental biology and biological anthropology.’