Area studies

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In the humanities and social sciences, area studies is interdisciplinary research and scholarship pertaining to a particular geographical or cultural region. The term exists primarily as a general description for what are, in the practice of scholarship, many heterogeneous fields of research. Fields are defined differently from university to university, and from department to department, but common area-studies fields include:

Other interdisciplinary research fields, such as women's studies, gender studies, and African American studies, are not strictly part of area studies but are sometimes included in discussion along with it.

Contrast the term cultural studies.

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