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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264355

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264355.001.0001

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Anthropology is Not Ethnography

Anthropology is Not Ethnography


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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures


British Academy

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

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