Social anthropology

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Social anthropology studies the relationship between humans and their culture. There are huge variations in global culture, from hunter-gatherers to industrialised societies.

Social anthropologists explore cultural differences and the ways people maintain and change their culture over time. You'll cover topics including politics, globalisation, inequality, human-environmental relations, human rights, visual culture, systems of healing, food, gender and religion.

Social anthropology researchers become intimately involved in the lives of the people they work with, usually over an extended period of time. Massey staff and students are researching in Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Africa and New Zealand.



146.101 Introductory Social Anthropology
146.102 Endangered Cultures


146.206 Visual Ethnography
146.208 Political Anthropology
146.209 Food and Eating
146.210 Ritual and Belief
146.211 Systems of Healing
146.213 Anthropological Enquiry
146.214 The Politics of Culture


146.302 Regional Ethnography: Asia
146.303 Practice of Field Work
146.304 Culture, Biology and Racism
146.311 Medical Systems of China, India and the West
146.313 Issues in South Pacific Anthropology
146.316 Visual Anthropology: Southasia and Global issues
146.317 Urban Anthropology
146.318 Environmental Anthropology

700- to 900-level

146.701 Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory
146.703 The Practice of Anthropology
146.707 Reading & Writing Ethnography
146.708 Anthropology Today
146.798 Research Report (60)
146.799 Research Report (30)
146.800 MPhil Thesis Social Anthropology
146.816 Thesis (Part I)
146.817 Thesis (Part II)
146.899 MA Thesis Social Anthropology
146.900 PhD Social Anthropology

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