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Ethnology
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Ethnology crystallized out of older, 19th-century research into the academic discipline of describing nonliterate cultures. The Greek word ethnos shows that the reference is to tribes and not to nation-states. Modern ethnology no longer sees anything disparaging in this emphasis. On the contrary, anthropological relativism questions the thesis of the superiority of European and …

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Elwert, Georg, “Ethnology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E450>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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