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Title: Anthropology
Author(s): Loingsigh, Aedín Ní
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Editor(s): Forsdick, Charles
Kinsley, Zoë
Walchester, Kathryn
Citation: Loingsigh AN (2019) Anthropology. In: Forsdick C, Kinsley Z & Walchester K (eds.) Keywords for Travel Writing Studies: A Critical Glossary. London: Anthem Press, pp. 13-15.
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: As suggested by its Greek roots (anthropos meaning humankind; logia meaning ‘study’ or ‘science’ of), ‘anthropology’ refers to the broad disciplinary study of peoples and cultures. Anthropology as a subject of intellectual curiosity coincides with the earliest encounters of European travellers and explorers with cultural difference (see, e.g., The Histories of Herodotus). As anthropological inquiry developed, its purview remained overwhelmingly non-Western peoples, with the explanation of ‘other’ cultures serving as its primary intellectual motor. In Europe, the amateur beginnings of ‘anthropology’ were formalized during the second half of the nineteenth century with the formation of learned societies such as the...
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DOI Link: 10.2307/j.ctvg5bsp2.9

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