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Social anthropology.


Social anthropology social anthropology
n. Chiefly British
Cultural anthropology.

social anthropology
the branch of anthropology that studies human societies, emphasizing interpersonal and intergroup relations.

Redfield, Robert Redfield, Robert, 1897–1958, American anthropologist and sociologist, b. Chicago, grad. Univ. of Chicago (B.A., 1920; Ph.D., 1928). He began teaching at the Univ. . Ed. by Clifford Wilcox.

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At the U. of Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s, Redfield combined anthropological practice with sociological theory Sociological Theory is a peer-reviewed journal published by Blackwell Publishing for the American Sociological Association. It covers the full range of sociological theory - from ethnomethodology to world systems analysis, from commentaries on the classics to the latest  to create social anthropology, a sub-discipline he shared with a few British scholars but virtually no Americans, at least at first. In this collection of articles, book excerpts, unpublished papers and letters, we watch Redfield's work evolve and focus into studies of social change and modernization modernization

Transformation of a society from a rural and agrarian condition to a secular, urban, and industrial one. It is closely linked with industrialization. As societies modernize, the individual becomes increasingly important, gradually replacing the family,
, the place of peasantry, and the comparative study of civilizations. Redfield's topics include middle Americans, Mexican folk, the sociology of the Yucatan, folk culture This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling.
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 and society. The intermediate community of the peasant, the peasantry as "part" societies, the village and the villagers' view of life, the primitive world view, the social organization of tradition, the cultural role of cities, the role of civilizations as cultural structures and, of course, method.

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