Anthropology within the Social Sciences

Cliff Sloane (cesloane@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Fri, 10 Mar 1995 11:29:08 -0600

Thozi asked me to post this to the entire list. This was written in
haste, so the ideas need more tightening up.

Date: Wed, 8 Mar 1995 15:19:56 -0600 (CST)
From: Cliff Sloane <>
To: Mr Thozi Nomvete <>
Subject: Re: Anthropology of own and other cultures

> This leads one to conclude that sociology and anthropology lie on a
> continuum differentiated only by methodologies which they sometimes
> exchange between themselves. If this is so, when do
> methodological tools become sociological and when do they become
> anthropological? Is the difference between the two fields not really
> one of emphasis?

It seems to me that you can establish a 3- or 4-dimensional model for all
the social sciences.

On a continuum of time, one has history -> anthropology -> sociology

On a continuum of group vs individual, one has
anthropology -> sociology -> psychology

On the notion of epistemology, one can scale it thus:
logic -> philosophy -> sociological theory -> anthro theory

On the subjects of study, going from concrete to abstract, one has
comp. literature -> ethnomusicology -> folklore -> linguistics
all of which "borrow" heavily from anthro