Anthropology is the scientific study of human culture and societies, past and present. It seeks to understand the diversity of human experience and behavior across different cultures and time periods, as well as the biological and evolutionary aspects of human life.
Anthropologists use a range of research methods, including fieldwork, participant observation, and interviews, to study topics such as kinship, religion, language, art, economics, and politics. They also apply this knowledge in various areas, including international development, public health, and cross-cultural communication.
Anthropology has many practical applications, including in the development of culturally appropriate programs and policies, the management of cultural resources, and the design of products and services for diverse populations. It is also important in understanding and addressing social issues, such as cultural identity, migration, and social inequality.