Animals and Anthropology

@article{Mullin2002AnimalsAA,
  title={Animals and Anthropology},
  author={Megan Mullin},
  journal={Society \& Animals},
  year={2002},
  volume={10},
  pages={387-393}
}
  • M. Mullin
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • Society & Animals
Anthropology encompasses four distinct subdisciplines: biological anthropology, social anthropology (known as “cultural anthropology” in North America), archaeology, and linguistics. Beyond these basic four Želds, one could further divide anthropology into a nearly endless array of specializations (primatology, legal anthropology, medical anthropology, and historical archaeology, to name just a few). Of course, all Želds have their divisions, but anthropology’s sub-Želds are unusual for their… 

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