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Meaning of area study

ar'ea stud"y

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. anthropological or sociological research intended to gather and relate data on various aspects of a geographical region and its inhabitants, as natural resources, history, language, institutions, or cultural and economic characteristics; a field investigation into human ecology.
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