|What Is AnthroScape?|
|Topic Started: Dec 1 2008, 11:05 AM (2,213 Views)|
|Racial Reality||Dec 1 2008, 11:05 AM Post #1|
AnthroScape: Human Biodiversity Forum is an anthropology discussion group concerned with studying the human landscape and all of the variation contained within it. To provide a better understanding of what that means, here are some good definitions of anthropology from various academic websites:
"Anthropology is a multidisciplinary field of science and scholarship, which includes the study of all aspects of humankind -- archaeological, biological, linguistic and sociocultural. Anthropology has roots in the natural and social sciences and in the humanities, ranging in approach from basic to applied research and to scholarly interpretation."
"Anthropology, the broadest of the social sciences, is the study of humankind. One of the strengths of anthropology as a discipline is its 'holistic' or integrative approach; it links the life sciences and the humanities and has strong ties with disciplines ranging from biology and psychology to linguistics, political science, and the fine arts. Anthropological study is appropriate for people with a wide variety of interests: human cultures and civilizations both present and past, human and animal behavior, particular regions of the world such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, etc."
"Anthropology is the study of all things human. It is concerned with the past, the present, and the future, and is the nexus between the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Anthropology provides students with a comparative, theoretical, and global understanding of human culture and society from evolutionary, historical, and contemporary perspectives."
"Anthropology focuses on human biological and cultural variation in time and space, with four traditionally recognized subfields: anthropological archaeology, biological (or physical) anthropology, ethnology (cultural or sociocultural anthropology), and linguistic anthropology."
"Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Within this broad field of study, three thematic and overlapping concentrations form the focus of our department.
"These innovative concentrations consider humans as their lives are framed simultaneously by cultural meanings, the social systems in which they participate, and the biology and ecology of the human species in its evolutionary context and contemporary variation."
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