Anonymous asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 1 decade ago

What's the difference between sociology and anthropology?

13 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Simply put, Sociology is the study of societies and Anthropology is the study of humans.

    To expand on my simple answer:

    Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of society, including patterns of social relationships, social action, and culture. Fields within the discipline concentrate on how and why people are organized in society, either as individuals or as members of associations, groups, and institutions.

    Anthropology is the study of humanity. Anthropology has origins in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Anthropology encompasses four sub-fields;simply defined:

    1. Cultural Anthropology (the study of culture)

    2. Linguistic Anthropology (the study of language)

    3. Archeology (the excavation of fossils and artifacts)

    4. Biological/Physical Anthropology (the study of human evolution, genetics and primatology)

    Both disciplines overlap, and some smaller colleges actually combine them into one department (although major universities separate them into two different departments).

    Source(s): BA Anthropology (minored in Sociology)
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anthropology and sociology were traditionally thought of as separate disciplines—anthropology focusing on non-literate cultures and sociology looking at the problems of complex industrial and literate societies. ,

  • Ivette
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    If you plan to study any of these then you had better plan to read a lot. I have left links to Wikipedia for overall descriptions of the subjects of interest: sociology, anthropology and archeology. If you are not willing to read that much to find out, college is not for you because you will have a lot of required reading in college! School is supposed to supply you with the opportunity to gain knowledge, some basic academic skills, and critical thinking; a career, maybe. The degree vs. salary curve applies almost exclusively to academic environments and government work. No degrees lead to a career; some careers require a degree as far as employers are concerned. There exists in some academic and government bureaucracies the belief that the higher the degree one has, and the more exclusive or prestigious university it came from, the more status and authority one deserves, as well as a higher salary. That is driven by the propensity for a bureaucracy to perpetuate itself, not practical or rational factors. The reader does not know what your circumstances are or why you would choose any of these fields. Also the reader does not know what your resources are or if you wrote your question because you were looking for fill for a commercial blog or actually have interest in learning more. No degree in social science leads to insight and knowledge unless you plan to study and reason a lot while you are pursuing the degree. You are likely to acquire a bit of knowledge just from doing the absolute minimum amount of study to pass tests. If you want to read about career opportunities, search for a college site that offers instruction in any of these subjects. They will have brochures or information online from their career center to guide you in hopes of acquiring more paying customers.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sociology mainly deals with statistics and is boring. You observe social groups from the OUTSIDE. Social anthropology is interesting and fun . You learn by living among a social group, for exemple the yanomamo (tribe in amazonas), and observe from the INSIDE, as a member of the group.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They seem to overlap quite a bit but I think anthropology might be broader. The doiffernce seems to be nto really that distinct


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    the study of the human race, its culture and society, and its physical development


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    the study of human societies

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anthropology is the study of all mankind. Sociology is the study of specific societies and groups. Sociology is like, more detailed anthropology.

    Source(s): anthropology student
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sociology- The study of the interactions within a group of people. How and why people act the way they do toward eachother, and how/why they act differently in diff groups.

    Anthropology- The study of how/why people act the way they do looking at their anscestors and past cultures.

  • sociology - The systematic study of human society, especially present-day societies. Sociologists study the organization, institutions, and development of societies, with a particular interest in identifying causes of the changing relationships among individuals and groups.

    anthropology - The scientific study of the origin, development, and varieties of human beings and their societies, particularly so-called primitive societies.

    hope this helps! <3 DeegeMonster

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Micro- anthropology....Macro- sociology

  • Kris L
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Sociology is the study of 'societies' when they are still here. Anthropology is the study of societies from their 'artifacts' found after the society is dead ...

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