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Anthropology vs Ethnology[edit]

Resolved: Such clarification has long since taken place.

The special relationship with Anthropology should be clarified. Lapaz

About ethnos - people and ethnos -foreigners[edit]

Stale: No response after years.

Greek ethnos: people has another explanation - ethnos: foreign nation, people. Which one is more correct? When these meanings could be used? - TTturbo.

Merge discussion notice copied from Talk:Cultural anthropology[edit]

The articles Cultural anthropology, Ethnology and Social anthropology are wildly, almost unbelievably, redundant. I propose that they be merged and redirected to one (more fully sourced, articulate and complete) article, with short sections explaining the doctrinal, pedagogical and methodological differences between (American-led) cultural and (British-led) social anthropology, and how they relate to the overall view of ethnology from its origins to today, and integrating all the material. I don't care what article the final result lives at. The present state of the articles is very confusing to the reader, and gives the impression that all three of these are separate fields, when they absolutely are not, they are simply three different lenses from which to view precisely the same endeavo[u]r. I'm labeling this merge proposal "tentative" because I have not slapped up any merge tags; I think some discussion is in order as to what the merge target should be. Keeping these articles separate (other than as short articles limited to discussion of how the particular branch/variant differs from others, the way the Philology article relates to the Linguistics article) is silly and unhelpful to the reader. — SMcCandlish [talk] [cont] ‹(-¿-)› 23:25, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Please do not reply here, but centralize the discussion, at Talk:Cultural anthropology#Tentative merge proposal.

Ethnology vs. ethnography[edit]

Ethnology vs. ethnography: "Compared to ethnography, the study of single groups through direct contact with the culture, ethnology takes the research that ethnographers have compiled and then compares and contrasts different cultures." Although I do not have a specific counter-example, I am not sure this is always true. I think some ethnographers would work this cross-cultural comparisons. I think this claim should be cited. Not an ethnologist, though... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Postdeborinite (talkcontribs) 16:24, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

Right; it's definitely not always true. The lead section needs to distinguish this term from ethnology (and the conceptually closely related cultural anthropology) clearly, noting where the terms overlap and where they diverge. Even then it's going to be hard to do this in a way that avoids PoV pushing.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  16:28, 28 August 2015 (UTC)