Anthropological approach vs. other social scientists approach of study First assignment

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Published on 16 Oct 2011
School
Western University
Department
Anthropology
Course
Anthropology 1025F/G
Professor
Komal Moondi
Student Number: 250576217
Anthropological approach vs. other social scientists approach of study
Anthropologists have a very unique and thorough way of working. They are precise in
their research and spend years to obtain an accurate understanding of a specific culture or
society, thus differing from the approach undertaken by many other social scientists. When
reading history, economics, or politics books, I find that facts and trends of the past result in
understanding and forming conclusions for the future. However, the anthropological approach
does not allow anthropologists to study the past and make conclusions for a society based on that
information. It takes years of living and working within a society and its members to try and
understand their culture. This requires anthropologists to adapt their values, trends, and
furthermore, even entire lifestyles in order to set a good impression and get the opportunity to
realize why certain things are done in a specific culture the way they are.
While other social scientists focus their research on one specific aspect, be it history,
economics, or politics, anthropologists study all these concepts in order to get a better
understanding of the society and its culture. Anthropological study is divided into various
categories such as linguistics, cultural, etc. which is all important in understand the whole
concept of a specific society. For example, anthropologists study the nature and behavior of
animals in order to obtain an understanding of human origin and behavior. This approach falls
under the physical or biological study of anthropology.
Anthropologists also differ from other social scientists as they conduct their research in
different ways, depending on what method would result in obtaining most knowledge about a
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Anthropological approach vs. other social scientists approach of study. Anthropologists have a very unique and thorough way of working. They are precise in their research and spend years to obtain an accurate understanding of a specific culture or society, thus differing from the approach undertaken by many other social scientists. When reading history, economics, or politics books, i find that facts and trends of the past result in understanding and forming conclusions for the future. However, the anthropological approach does not allow anthropologists to study the past and make conclusions for a society based on that information. It takes years of living and working within a society and its members to try and understand their culture. This requires anthropologists to adapt their values, trends, and furthermore, even entire lifestyles in order to set a good impression and get the opportunity to realize why certain things are done in a specific culture the way they are.