Anthropology vs. Political Science

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Mary Rose

Doha, Qatar

#1 Apr 24, 2009
This is a question for professional anthropologists.

I often run into trouble while trying to communicate with people in the political science field. For some reason, we just don't speak the same language. When I try to explain how the Nation-State system works (as we see it in anthropology) the political science people object strongly. It isn't that they necessarily object to the claims, but rather the area of focus. They seem to talk about things in the Nation-State system I'm not even covering in my discussion. It's almost like macro-vs-micro type of view clash. I arrived at the conclusion that us and them just don't speak at the same wavelength. So, I am trying to understand their wavelength so I can communicate my ideas better to them.

Hence, I have the following question: What is the difference between Anthropology and Political Science?

Thanks in advance for the help.

Since: Apr 09

Mount Juliet, TN

#2 Apr 25, 2009
That seems interesting. Can you provide us an example on a topic you have had trouble with them?

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Apr 26, 2009
I am really interested in the topic you have encountered problems with the political science please provide example!

Toronto, Canada

#4 Jan 17, 2010
the diffrence between anthropologie and political science.

I guess the firrrence is clear and obvious. Simply, the anthrpologie is the sciences which studies the human being exisiting and improvments beyound thousands of years in everything, life style, manners, thoughts...etc, however the political science is the science which studies the way guide, govern a group of people, the society which started firstly, by the city- nation,greecs. the historical improvment in the way of governement in diffrent socities,greece, romans, arabs..., so in this way the political science gets involve with anthropologie.


#5 Oct 9, 2012
the difference between them is not the object they try to understand. political science also ask questions about everything about human being.. the difference is how they ask questions ?
how they understand the objects of discussion.
Rinaldo Edward

Chennai, India

#6 Nov 15, 2012
me too struggling to get answer for the same....the question is repeated again and again in all the exams....
Egwuonwu patrick


#7 Jun 7, 2013
political science is the science of governance while anthropology studies the man who governs and the men he is governing together with their relationship in the allocation of available resources

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