What Is The Relationship Between Political Science And Anthropology?


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The main relationship between political science and political anthropology is that they both society in some sense. While political science focuses on the state, government and politics, political anthropology deals with the structure of the political systems, which are, in turn, looked at from the basis of social structures. To look at the relationship between the two studies it is useful to look at the basis of each one and see how they are similar and how they differ.

Political science is defined as a social science that is concerned with the study of the government, the state and politics. The science deals with both the practice and the theory of politics as well as analyzing political systems and political behavior. Political scientists aim to reveal the underlying relationships within political conditions and events in order to construct principles about the way politics work. Political science is most commonly split into three sub-disciplines. These branches are political philosophy, comparative philosophy and international relations. While political philosophy deals with the reasoning for an absolute normative government, comparative politics is the science of comparison and teaching of different types of constitutions. International relations primarily concerns the interaction between nation states and the interaction between intergovernmental and transnational organizations.

Political anthropology deals with the structure of political systems and is a branch of anthropology that has been well-defined only since the 1940s and 1950s. There are many themes that have made an appearance within anthropology over the last couple of decades that have made it very politically focused. These themes have contributed towards making political anthropology an even more recognizable study and include aspects such as globalization, post-colonialism, post-communism, gender, migration and multiculturalism.

Both political anthropology and political science can fall under the umbrella term of political sociology. Both study how the people work within politics and how politics works across the world on a whole.

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