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What is Ethnology?

Ethnology is the study of the people of the world, their origin, and culture, social and ethnic relationships. It analyzes the separate components of the relationships among humans, nature and society. Ethnology has a focus on the non-institutional aspects of culture, the culture of every day living of ordinary people in past and present times.

What Do Ethnologists Do?

Ethnologists study and do research about people in the past or present with field work, oral history, direct observation or modeling. Ethnologists are recording and preserving the culture of the people. Ethnologists work with the public, in write and communicate their findings to others sometimes with film or recordings or special exhibits.

Ethnologists work within a specific geographic region and time period. They gather information and analyze the social, regional and historical differences and compare them with the systems of that society (religions, customs, medical practices, intellectual processes).

What qualifications do Ethnologists need?

An undergraduate degree in anthropology, history, languages or sociology will serve as a starting point for Masters and doctoral studies in Ethnology. A strong academic background in the language of study and social sciences is wise. An innate curiosity about people and their cultures is important. A good ethnologist is a good listener, communicator and recorder of data.

What areas do Ethnologists cover in their courses?

Ethnologists learn how to use models and theories as practical tools to analyze culture. The major topics in ethnology are:

  • ethnic, social and racial origins,
  • ethnic processes and culture,
  • social institutions,
  • cultural, social and ethnic relations, and
  • theoretical approaches and models.
  • Ethnologists study the social meanings of material and intellectual culture as well as the traditions and transmissions of these cultural forms. Ethnology student research focuses on material culture and museum studies (housing and furniture, clothing, food, implements), Ethnology students learn through practical exercises in museum work and in the methods of organizing exhibitions, in archives and in film and recording studios

    What areas of specialization may Ethnologists choose?

    Ethnologists have many areas of specialty and an endless selection of geographic areas from which to choose. Major specialties include

  • Cultural ethnology
  • Historical ethnology
  • Folklore
  • Cultural tourism
  • Ethnologists may concentrate on specific social groups like age, gender, profession, religion, or ethnic background. Their research extends from narrative culture and into material culture like housing and furniture. They may focus on the manners or customs regarding eating and drinking, implements and tools, clothing, pictures, or forms of decoration and ornaments.

    Where do Ethnologists work?

    Museums, research and cultural institutes, government agencies, universities, and private business, such as tourism and advertising, all have suitable work for ethnologists.

    As public interest in regional history has grown, the field of ethnology has extended beyond museum and curatorial work to include publishing in print and media as well as continuing education, research and tourism.

    Ethnologists may become writers, museum workers or historical interpreters, or work in nonprofit organizations or government departments dedicated to preserving cultural heritage or presenting it for the purposes of education or tourism.

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