Social Anthropology

The branch of anthropology that deals with human culture and society

Field Work

Practical work conducted by a researcher in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office.


The Study of Humankind


The ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society

About this site

This site is a portfolio of independent research projects conducted to gain insight into anthropological areas of investigation looking at Material culture, History, Art, Environmental Landscape, Economy, Health and Education. Data has been gained through participant observation, ethnography, interviews, narrative, audio and visual filmography and photography. All research presented on this site is copyright protected and has been conducted by Kathryn Walker MA FRAI.

What is Social Anthropology?

Social Anthropology is a Social Science that observes and records human beings and their interaction with the world, comparing and contrasting different cultures and societies, exploring how people behave, and aims to discover why we do what we do. This human science investigates the social, political, geographical, economical and psychological factors that contribute to human beings behaviours, rituals and differing cultures worldwide using a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

What does a Social Anthropologist do?

Using a variety of research methods, such as ethnography, a social anthropologist gains primary data about people through personal in-depth observations of their lives and interacting with respondents within their field of study. By doing so social anthropologists offer insightful and meaningful answers to analytical questions about various human cultures and different societies. Through making comparisons and finding hidden themes within data collected a Social Anthropologist can aim to determine and explore so called ‘truths’ about human behaviour.