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Sociocultural Anthropology

Sociocultural Anthropology analyzes social, cultural, political and economic life. Our research is made up of on-the-ground observation, interactions and participation, and contextual and historical inquiry.  Sociocultural anthropologists at Michigan work all over the world, from cities like Berlin, Detroit, Moscow and Tokyo to the rainforests of New Guinea and the deserts of Jordan. An ethnographic approach means delving deeply into the lives of the people we work with to better understand their institutions, values and everyday practices.