Anthropology is <i>Not</i> Ethnography


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264355
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734052 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Anthropology is Not Ethnography

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about the differences between anthropology and ethnography delivered by the author at the 2007 Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology held at the British Academy. It explains that the objective of anthropology is to seek comparative understanding of human beings, while ethnography aims to describe the lives of people other than ourselves. The lecture also discusses the distinction between idiographic and nomothetic inquiry.

Keywords: anthropology; ethnography; human beings; ideographic inquiry; nomothetic inquiry; Radcliffe-Brown Lecture; British Academy

Chapter.  10031 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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