Xenoethnology or ethnology is a sub-specialty of anthropology and social sciences that focuses on social and cultural aspects of races and cultures. One who studies this subject is known as a xenoethnologist or ethnologist.



In the 22nd century, ethnologist Tanok published a paper on Vulcan which addressed stalled evolution of humanity and the benefits of genetic engineering. (DS9 - Section 31 novel: Abyss)

In 2252, Philippa Georgiou was unfamiliar with Gorlans and referred to ethnological charts of the race during a discussion with Michael Burnham and Sonnisar ch'Theloh. (DSC novel: Fear Itself)

During the 2260s, xenoethnologist Hernanda Dimas visited and studied most of the indigenous cultures on habitable planets in sectors neighboring the Great Rift, including those of This-al-Thwaiton, Chalburna II and Prometheus IV. (TOS video game: The Promethean Prophecy)

In 2267, James T. Kirk called Spock an accomplished ethnologist while trapped on Earth's past. When Spock observed that 1930's society was full of barbarians, Kirk replied that all cultures experience a violent phase. (TOS comic: "Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, Issue 3")

In 2269, Balok mentioned that his family specialized in alien lore, fairy tales, and ethnology. (TOS novel: The Face of the Unknown)

In 2277, Hikaru Sulu considered ethnology an intriguing area of study. (TOS - Star Trek II Short Stories short story: "Wild Card")

In 2285, D. Gabrielle taught Interstellar Ethnology at Starfleet Academy. (TOS movie: The Wrath of Khan)




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