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A list of Citizendium articles, and planned articles, about Anthropology.
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Parent topics

  • Applied social sciences [r]: Applied social sciences are those social science disciplines, professions and occupations which seek to use basic social science research and theory to improve the daily life of communities, organizations and persons. [e]
  • Biology [r]: The science of life — of complex, self-organizing, information-processing systems living in the past, present or future. [e]


Major anthropological fields

  • Cultural anthropology [r]: The branch of anthropology concerned with the study of human societies and cultures and their development. [e]
    • Culture area [r]: A region, in anthropology, in which the environment and cultures are very similar. [e]
    • Ethnography [r]: The scientific collection of data regarding culture and society, generally entailing direct engagement with the culture or society under study. [e]
    • Ethnology [r]: The theoretical study of human cultures and societies. [e]
      • Ethnic group [r]: A population whose members identify with one another as distinct from others. This usually occurs through a perceived common history, and often also includes shared culture, race, religion, or language. [e]
      • Cult [r]: Religious sect or group that is relatively limited in size and often considered to be particularly dangerous, manipulative or all-encompassing. [e]
        • Cargo cult [r]: A group of social movements that began in Melanesia in the late nineteenth century which believe that manufactured goods, including canned goods, airplanes, and automobiles, were created by spirits or ancestors of Melanesian people. [e]
      • Folklore [r]: The body of myths, legends, and traditional beliefs of a people or the study of those beliefs. [e]
      • Mythology [r]: The study of myths and sagas. [e]
        • Tecum Umam [r]: Legendary defender of the Maya and national hero of Guatemala. [e]
      • Ritual [r]: Set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a convention or by the traditions of a community. [e]
  • Linguistic anthropology [r]: The branch of anthropology that brings linguistic methods to bear on anthropological problems, linking the analysis of semiotic and particularly linguistic forms and processes to the interpretation of sociocultural processes. [e]
    • Language (general) [r]: A type of communication system, commonly used in linguistics, computer science and other fields to refer to different systems, including 'natural language' in humans, programming languages run on computers, and so on. A wider definition of language - what counts as a language and what doesn't - is a difficult philosophical topic, deserving an article in its own right. [e]
  • Physical anthropology [r]: The anthropological study of humans as a biological species. [e]
    • Paleoanthropology [r]: The branch of physical anthropology that focuses on the study of human evolution, tracing the anatomic, behavioral and genetic linkages of our ancient, usually bipedal, ancestors. [e]
      • Human evolution [r]: The study of the physical and behavioral genetic adaptations of the species belonging to the subfamily hominidae. [e]
        • Evolution of the human diet [r]: Factors in the development of the human diet in history. [e]
        • Fossil hominin species [r]: Twenty recognized species of extinct hominin, found as prehistoric skeletal remains which are archeologically earlier than Neolithic. [e]
        • Hominin [r]: Primates in the Tribe Hominini which is a relatively recent classification under which it is proposed would fall all of the fossil and living bipedal apes including the Australopithecines, fossil members of the genus Homo and living humans. It is generally replacing the term hominid in the scientific literature. [e]
        • Kennewick Man [r]: An Early Holocene human skeleton first discovered near Kennewick, Washington in 1996. [e]
      • Paleoanthropology in South Africa [r]: Add brief definition or description
    • Human biology [r]: Add brief definition or description
  • Social anthropology [r]: Add brief definition or description

Interdisciplinary anthropology

Prominent figures in anthropology

A list of "must read" anthropologists taken from an Open Anthropology Cooperative discussion about the main figures of the history of anthropology

19th Century

20th Century

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