descriptive anthropology

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Noun1.descriptive anthropology - the branch of anthropology that provides scientific description of individual human societies
anthropology - the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
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A growing pan-Indian culture makes Arapaho iconography as foreign to many young Arapaho viewers as it is to non-Indian viewers, and tribal elders rely on old-fashioned descriptive anthropology (currently suspect in academic identity studies) to preserve their culture for their grandchildren.
This focus on ethnography is rare in an age when few journals will accept unalloyed descriptive anthropology and in which forms of poststructuralist language dominate academic discourse.

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