What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is related to the study of humankind in all places and at all times. It studies all aspects of society and culture like tools, techniques, traditions, language, kinships, values, social institutions, economic mechanisms etc. Anthropology has its roots in the natural sciences and the humanities. Anthropology in India is represented by the Anthropological Survey of India (An.S.I.). It is one of the premier research institutions established to carry out anthropological research as a subordinate office under the Ministry of Culture. The Indian Anthropological Association (IAA) is that the representative body of professional anthropologists of India. It focuses on the understanding of the range and variations that the Indian society, culture and population exhibit. This branch discovers human evolution. Anthropologists take a broad approach to understand the many different parts of the human experience, which we call holism. They consider the past, through archaeology, to ascertain how human groups lived hundreds or thousands of years ago and what was important to them. They study what makes up our biological bodies and genetics, as well as our bones, diet, and health. Anthropologists also observe and compare humans with other animals (most often, other primates like monkeys and chimpanzees) to see what we have in common with them and what makes us unique. Though all humans need an equivalent things to survive, like food, water, and companionship, the ways people meet these needs are often very different.