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

Definition of ethnography in English:


[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.


Pronunciation: /ɛθˈnɒɡrəfə/
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.
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