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Ethnology is one of the subfields of anthropology, which also include archaeological, biological, cultural, linguistic, and social anthropologies. Ethnology involves studying different aspects of culture at comparative and analytical levels. This often involves extensive interpersonal contact such that the researcher becomes immersed within and participatory in the culture under examination. In addtion, extensive and detailed interviews may occur over a series of years, supplemented by the collection of oral histories and the recorded performances of folk and traditional practices such as weaving, music, dance, and ceremony.

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"Video ethnography with Chinese students abroad, May 21, 2007" by mobilechina2007 is licensed under CC BY.

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