Share this entry

Share this page

ethnography

Line breaks: eth|nog¦raphy
Pronunciation: /ɛθˈnɒɡrəfi
 
/

Definition of ethnography in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The scientific description of peoples and cultures with their customs, habits, and mutual differences.
Example sentences
  • This book is an important contribution to Melanesian ethnography and anthropology.
  • We have so much yet to learn from anthropology and ethnography, cognitive psychology, and, yes, even graphic art.
  • He supported research not only in the natural sciences, but also in anthropology and ethnography.

Derivatives

ethnographer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Ad agencies are hiring anthropologists and ethnographers to study and film consumers in their natural environments to see what they really eat, drink, and buy.
  • He is always at pains to point out that the English terms and categories used by ethnographers do not necessarily reflect adequately the ways Polynesians themselves categorised their world.
  • Many ethnographers have noted the importance of food and drink for maintaining familiar forms and social networks among immigrant populations.

ethnographically

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • But a more ethnographically detailed examination of protests about environmental damage often reveals complex and contradictory political responses.
  • Overall, this is a stimulating and significant volume, both theoretically and ethnographically.
  • Hartley Fort is also positioned along a major ethnographically documented east-west transportation route across northern Iowa from the Mississippi Valley to Missouri River valley via the Big Sioux River in northwest Iowa.

Definition of ethnography in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…