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Anthropology: Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology

Cultural anthropology, which is also known as social anthropology or ethnology, studies cultural processes and often relies on qualitative ethnographic field research. At Penn, the teaching of cultural anthropology is joined with linguistic anthropology, whose focus is language, sign systems, and discourse as part of culture.  

Find introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology topics

Find introductions to Linguistic Anthropology topics

Find articles and books on a topic

  • Start by searching Franklin Catalog & Articles+
  • Browse the shelves for: GN301 - GN674 (Cultural Anthropology) on the Museum Library's second level, or look under call numbers specific to a country, region, or language, for example, F1421 - F1569 for Central American countries and PM3001 - PM4566 for languages in Central America.

Find help on research methods

  • Check out this wonderful guide on Ethnography
  • Search for videos and full-text of handbooks and manuals in Sage Research Methods, or browse Sage content under Discipline: Anthropology.

Using eHRAF World Cultures

For more video tutorials, see the HRAF channel on YouTube

Find video, audio, and archival sources

Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis (EVIA) is a digital archive of ethnographic field video specializing in the fields of ethnomusicology, folklore, anthropology, and dance ethnology.