Why Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology?

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology is the study of diverse societies worldwide with the aim of understanding the cultural complexity within those societies and the processes through which societies build connections with each other.


How to define 'culture'?

What is 'culture' in a world of global flows where people, things and ideas travel further and faster than ever before? How does culture influence the ideas and dreams that people pursue? What is 'modernization'? How can we study an idea such as 'sustainable development' in a critical and useful way?

Anthropologists examine these questions and many more by taking a comparative approach. Through the use of research techniques such as participant-observation, students take to the field to learn first hand about culture and development.

More information

  • For information about research topics and areas within cultural anthropology and development sociology, visit the pages for researchers.
  • For information about our programmes visit the pages for students.