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Ethnography

[eth-NAH-ɡrə-fee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, early 19th century

1.

The scientific description of the customs of individual peoples and cultures.

Examples of Ethnography in a sentence

"The required reading touched on the ethnography of the country, not just the history."

"You can be a tourist, but you can also immerse yourself into a culture’s ethnography."

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About Ethnography

The things you eat, the holidays you observe, the style in which you dress, the habits you perform — all parts of ethnography. Ethnography is some sort of scientific or written documentation of a way of life, either of an individual or a culture. A hundred years from now, the discovery of your Netflix queue might be a piece of your ethnography.

Did you Know?

You might be more familiar with ethnography’s close cousin, anthropology. Anthropology is the study of humans as a whole, but specific societies might be examined individually. Ethnography is concerned with how humans live and experience life, usually one culture at a time.

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