Digest of terms

anthropology

disciplined study of humankind, in social and cultural contexts, both past and present. It is commonly dependent on field work, including participant observation and gives special attention to the use of symbols and gestures in conveying meaning and authority. The arena of application is usually small scale, such as family, tribe, or interest group. The importance for moral education lies in its attention to the impact of social structure on shaping of personal identity and behaviour and in the questions it raises about relativism and trans-cultural constants.

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