Knowledge lies on three different places. It lies on bright places; it hides on dark places; and it conceals in any other place. Yes, everywhere has knowledge.
What makes a place different from another in terms of knowledge is the depth; how relevant, how deep. Though, just because a place seems shallow, doesn’t mean they are. Just because a place takes time before knowledge breaks out, doesn’t mean it is insignificant. No matter how dark you may dim the place; the place still holds much knowledge yet to be recognized. Just open those eyes and feel.
But just as how a tree can stand with its roots and its ground, a place can be made stable not by one aspect of knowledge alone; but a number of those. Nonetheless, angles of places complement each other as how angles of knowledge can do as well; yet, it is given that there are instances when such don’t meet.
For instance, sociology is the scientific study of human social relations or group life; it examines the ways in which social structures and institutions—such as class, family, community, and power—and social problems—such as crime and abuse—influence society. However, anthropology is the study of all aspects of human life and culture; it examines such topics as how people live, what they think, what they produce, and how they interact with their environments.
What is common to both of them? Humans. Sociology concerns with ‘human group life’ while anthropology deals with ‘human life.’
To think of separating the study of these disciplines of Social Sciences may mean as a talk of focus, and respect and logic. When these are independently studied, students can give much more attention and can be more focused on one. Also, it entails more opportunities for a more in-depth exploration of the given disciplines. But as stated as a thought on the outset, coming to a convention may well turn out to something even more beneficial for society itself.
You study sociology and then take some relevant anthropological concepts means a study.
For example, you read on some book that social interaction, or the responses of individuals to each other, is perhaps the basic sociological concept, because such interaction is the elementary component of all relationships and groups that make up human society. Then, you’d try to internalize and examine why a certain individual responded in a certain way; what were the forces that has driven him, what were the environments, how has he adapted to such, what were the past that he was taken out from, how has he evolved. All these may be answered by some anthropological concepts.
Indeed, in the vocabulary of Mr Study, exclusivism and imprisonment don’t exist. As you study, you make yourself open to any aspect of places, given that you keep a cautious discernment of which concept to accept and which to dim irrelevant. Though, studying entails focus, and respect and logic.
As you study a discipline, you should focus on it. Look at all its angles if possible. Then, take out some relevant concepts on other disciplines to strengthen your focus; but don’t lose the respect for each. By respect I mean, the diligence you owe to each discipline, as thinking over which is relatively logical to take; for as you use the concepts in a fair, honest and accurate way you show your respect.
On the question of the logic of sociology and anthropology be separately studied, I can firmly say that it is logical whether to study them separately or not, considering what I think the word study means.
It isn’t merely about sociology or anthropology. It is not about catching fireflies in jars nor is it about not learning constellations, because we should not trap the stars.
It is a place of humanity; a humanity to live, to study and to learn, whether bright or dark or any other.