What’s the difference between sociology and anthropology?

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What’s the difference between sociology and anthropology?

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I’ve been out of school for a while, but as I remember it living societies = sociology, dead societies = anthropology.

Sociology is the study of human interactions – how we relate to each other and things in our environments as individuals and sometimes as groups (from small to large). Anthropology is the study of cultures – the norms and expectations we create based on some common identity. Sociology doesn’t necessarily include identity, although it can. But Anthropology is more specific and studies people in context of an identity.

Anthropology is the study of man. So it also covers our evolutionary ancestors like homo erectus and our former human cousins Neanderthals. Anthropologists might study the oldest known site of cave drawings; or one of the first known occurrences of early man actually placing a body in a burial site as opposed to just leaving bodies where they died. Also the progression of the use and sophistication of tools. Obviously it’s a broad field I just wanted to add this aspect of anthropology.