A fundamental principle of anthropology: that the various parts of human culture and biology must be viewed in the broadest possible context in order to understand their interconnections and interdependence.
looking at the world and reality based on the assumptions and values of one's own culture
The use of anthropological knowledge and methods to solve practical problems, often for a specific client
A specialization in anthropology that combines theoretical and applied approaches from cultural and biological anthropology with the study of human health and disease
The systematic study of humans as biological organisms; also known as biological anthropology
A branch of biological anthropology that uses genetic and biochemical techniques to test hypotheses about human evolution, adaption, and variation.
the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species; the study of human evolution
Applied sub-field of physical anthropology that specializes in the identification of human skeletal remains for legal purposes
Also known as social or social -cultural anthropology. the study of customary patterns in human behavior, thought, and feelings. It focuses on humans as culture-producing and culture-reproducing creatures.
A society's shared and socially transmitted ideas, values, and perceptions, which are used to make sense of experience and generate behavior and are reflected in that behavior.
In ethnography, the technique of learning a people's culture through social participation and personal observation within the community being studied, as well as interviews and discussion with the individual members of the group over and extended period of time.
The study and analysis of different cultures from a comparative or historical point of view, utilizing ethnographic accounts and developing anthropological theories that help explain why certain important differences or similarities occur among groups.
The study of human languages-looking at their structure, history, and relation to social and cultural contexts.
The study of human cultures through the recovery and analysis of material remains and experimental data.
The archeological study of human remains, emphasizing on the preservation of cultural and social processes in the skeleton
Cultural resource management
A branch of archaeology tied to government policies for the protection of cultural resources and involving surveying and/or excavating archaeological and historical remains threatened by construction or development
An assertion of opinion or belief formally handed down by an authority as true and indisputable
Formal recorded agreement to participate in research; federal mandated for all research in the United states and Europe.