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How are methods and theory related? Explain one anthropological theory or anthropological method in your own words.

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Hi. I understand how it can be difficult to relate theory to methods in anthropological research. Don't worry, it is really not that difficult to grasp once you get to understand the basics. Both theory and method are tools for research. Theory is the paradigm of knowledge used and method is the structure followed. Think of song-writing; If a songwriter writes a song, the theory part is the theme/genre (i.e. love songs, hip-hop, RnB) that is supposed to be the purpose and 'personality' of the song. The method part is the structure or manner of song-writing - the techniques used by the songwriter to come up with the beats and the lyrics and the assemblage of notes to create the song. The solution below should get you started further.

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Theory and Method and Anthropology

In anthropology, how are theories and methods used in research? How do they relate? Both elements are essential in research and knowledge creation in the social sciences. Anthropology is a social science that uses the scientific method and a number of its varied methodologies to study social phenomenon and contribute to knowledge creation. A theory is a way of looking at the world, and in science, theories are validated ...

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The solution provides insight and advise to students in tackling the relationship of theory and methods in anthropological research. The solution also couples the theory of ethnology to the method of ethnography as an example. references are listed for the purpose of expansion. A word version is also attached.