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- Created 2012-02-26
is one of the four or five branches of
that studies how contemporary human beings behave in
s. Practitioners of social anthropology investigate, often through long-term, intensive
of a particular person:
and conflict resolution, patterns of
consumption and exchange
and family structure,
, childbearing and
, and so on.
Social anthropology also explores the role of meanings, ambiguities and contradictions of
, patterns of sociality, and the underlying logics of
. Social anthropologists are trained in the interpretation of
and symbolic behavior, not merely as
, but with communication examined in relation to action, practice, and the historical context in which it is embedded. Social anthropologists address the diversity of positions and perspectives to be found within any
Social Anthropology is the dominant constituent of Anthropology throughout the
and Commonwealth and much of Europe, where it is distinguished from Cultural Anthropology. In the USA Social Anthropology is commonly subsumed within
or under the relatively new designation of
, which first appeared in the literature in the 1950s, and has more frequently appeared since the late 1960s. Today both social and cultural anthropologists, and some who integrate the two, are found in most institutes of anthropology. Thus the formal names of institutional units no longer necessarily reflect fully the content of the disciplines these cover. Some, such as the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Oxford) changed their name to reflect the change in composition, others, such as Social Anthropology at the University of Kent became simply Anthropology. Most retain the name under which they were founded.
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