chapter  2
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Social Anthropology and Some Other Sciences of Man

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS study people’s customs, social institutions and values, and the ways in which these are interrelated. They carry out their investigations mainly in the context of living communities (usually relatively small-scale ones), and their central though not their only interest is in systems of social relations. In later chapters I consider in more detail what social anthropologists mean when they speak of systems of social relations, and of social institutions and values, and I discuss some of the ways in which they may be related to one another, and how they may best be understood. But first it will be useful to say something about social anthropology’s relationship to other branches of anthropology, and also to certain other social sciences.